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State Workers Agree To Unpaid Days Of Leave

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SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) — California’s biggest state worker union has tentatively agreed to a plan where covered workers will take 12 unpaid days of leave over 12 months starting July 1.

The Sacramento Bee reports that Service Employees International Union Local 1000 informed members of the deal with Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday.

The furlough plan calls for a 5 percent monthly reduction in wages, but gives employees some flexibility to schedule the time off. It differs from Brown’s proposal, which called for a fixed 9.5-hour, four-days-per-week calendar.

The newspaper says the deal doesn’t affect any other aspect of Local 1000′s current contract, including a scheduled 3 percent raise for top-tier employees effective July 1, 2013, the day after the latest round of furloughs will end.

Local 1000 represents 93,000 employees.

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