The State Worker
By Jim Miller
November 22, 2016 – 5:53 PM

California’s largest state-employee union announced Tuesday that it will go on strike Dec. 5 in response to what union leaders complain is “unlawful conduct and egregious unfair labor practices” during negotiations for a new contract.

The union, which represents 95,000 workers in nine of the state’s 21 bargaining units, has been in talks with the Brown administration since April, with no agreement. Members voted to authorize a strike last week.

The union has denounced the administration’s proposed wage increase of 12 percent over four years as inadequate because it fails to address what it contends are gender pay inequities in the state workforce. It also objects to the administration’s proposal that employees pay more for their health benefits.

“We are giving notice out of concern for our families and the communities we serve,” Local 1000 President Yvonne Walker said in a statement Tuesday. “The state has provided no explanation or justification for its unlawful conduct and it is our duty and responsibility to hold them accountable.”

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