SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) – California’s largest public employee union says it has reached a tentative agreement with Gov. Jerry Brown on a new three-year contract that includes raises for 95,000 state workers.

In an email to its members early Tuesday, the Service Employees Union International Local 1000 said workers would receive 4.5 percent pay raises by July 1, 2015. The increases would happen sooner if state tax revenues hit certain targets.

Union president Yvonne Walker said the contract includes a guarantee of no furlough days and protects health care and retirement benefits.

David Gay, a spokesman for the state Human Resources Department, confirmed that a tentative agreement is in place, but declined to discuss the details.

Sacramento-based Political Consultant Leo McElroy isn’t surprised this tentative agreement has been reached.

“There have been a couple of things working here; one, you’ve got a Democratic-controlled legislature where Republican votes don’t count much. What barks loudest in the Democratic kennel is what’s going to get listened to. SEIU has a very loud bark in that kennel,” McElroy told KCBS.

State workers covered by the contract will begin voting on the proposal the week of June 24.

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