By Don Thompson
Mar. 16, 2016 4:41 PM ET

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The union representing most California state prison guards says it has agreed to a new labor contract that includes a 9 percent salary increase over three years.

California Correctional Peace Officers Association spokeswoman Nichol Gomez-Pryde said Wednesday that the tentative agreement calls for a 3 percent increase once the agreement is ratified by the union’s 29,000 members.

Members would get another 3 percent increase in July 2017. The final 3 percent would start in July 2018 under the three-year pact.

Correctional officers would also get more money if they work in remote prisons.

Officers can earn more than $100,000 a year with overtime at the state’s 34 prisons.

The agreement with the state Department of Human Resources needs approval from state lawmakers as well as the union’s membership.