Prison guards’ contract good for a year

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s administration said Friday that it will impose a new one-year labor contract on the state’s prison guard union after a regulatory board said a multiyear contract would hurt future collective bargaining. The governor had imposed a three-year contract on the guards in September after negotiations between the state and union stalled. The California Public Employment Relations Board upheld the unprecedented move last week, but said the contract could only be imposed for one year because a multiyear contract would discourage future contract talks. The 30,000-member union had appealed the three-year contract, alleging unfair labor practices. Ryan Sherman, a spokesman for the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, praised the board’s decision limiting the contract to a single year, but said the union might appeal other portions of the ruling. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“We were glad to be vindicated that way,” Sherman said. The board’s decision, if agreed to by lawmakers, means prison guards are in line for raises and benefit increases totaling about 7.5percent this year. They won’t, however, get similar increases each of the next two years as the administration had proposed with the three-year contract, said Lynelle Jolley, spokeswoman for the state Department of Personnel Administration. “The union has effectively killed pay raises for the second and third years,” she said. Prison guards are paid more than $70,000 in base salary under their current contract, although hundreds of correctional and parole officers earn more than $100,000 with overtime. The state also is agreeing to continue paying union vice presidents for time they spend on union business, Jolley said.last_img