The State Worker
By Adam Ashton
December 3, 2016 – 12:07 PM

A day after halting plans for a strike, state government’s largest employee union announced that it had reached a tentative agreement for a new contract.

Neither SEIU Local 1000 nor the state’s Human Resources Department would disclose the deal’s highlights Saturday morning.

“We’re pleased to have reached an agreement with union leaders and look forward to the entire membership voting on the proposal,” said Joe DeAnda, spokesman for the state’s human resources department.

The union, which represents 95,000 workers, had authorized a strike while seeking a better contract than the one initially offered by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The Brown administration had offered a 12 percent wage hike over four years that would be offset somewhat by new employee contributions for retiree health benefits. The retiree health benefits could eventually take up to 4 percent of an employee’s salary.

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