- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration has reached new contract agreements with unions representing about 12,000 maintenance workers and 6,000 psychiatric technicians.

The Sacramento Bee reports that the labor pacts come after the administration reached a deal with the Service Employees International Union Local 1000 earlier this month.

The latest contracts include a 14 percent raise over three years for the International Union of Operating Engineers, and a 9 percent raise over three years for the California Association of Psychiatric Technicians, with higher wage increases for some staff.

All the employees also must begin paying a fraction of their salaries toward retirement health benefits, an unfunded liability that the state has pegged at $74 billion.

The deals must still be ratified by members and approved by the state Legislature.

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