Police officers and other public safety workers employed by California are expected to receive pandemic bonuses of $1,500 after Governor Gavin Newsom and unions reached agreements.
Under the agreements published on Friday, the state will distribute bonuses to public safety workers, including California Highway Patrol officers, state correctional officers and park rangers.
Agreements have been reached with the California Correctional Peace Officers Assn., the California Assn. of the California Highway Patrol and State Police, subject to Legislative approval, said Camille Travis, a spokeswoman for the state’s Department of Human Resources.
The total costs of the bonuses and the number of employees who will receive them have not been finalized. Departments will assess employee eligibility, and the state will not know the final amount of funding until agreements are ratified and payments are issued, Travis said.
“Once again, I am pleased to see that this administration understands the value of the services that all Unit 7 ratings provide,” Ass. President Alan Barcelona said in a press release. “This expands the benefits we were able to negotiate during the pandemic.”
Workers must have been employed by the state on January 1 and continue their employment through July 1 to be eligible. The bonuses are a one-time payment that will not count toward retirement compensation, the agreement letters said.
Ass. of California State Law Enforcement. also noted that workers will receive the bonus regardless of whether they work in person or remotely, and that employees should expect to receive payments in their July or August pay periods.
After a $1.9 trillion federal coronavirus relief package signed in March 2021 allocated $350 billion to state, local and tribal governments, the Newsom administration promised to talk to most state employee unions about pandemic bonuses. once the US Treasury Department finalized the guidelines, which were published this year.
The final guidelines outlined that government employees are eligible for pandemic extra pay, sparking formal discussions between Newsom’s government and unions, who argued that many public safety employees had to put themselves at risk working during the pandemic.