California Prison Psychiatrists Get Double-Digit Raises in Deal That Avoids Union Strike

Physicians, surgeons, dentists and psychiatrists who work in California’s state hospitals and prisons have struck a deal with the state that will put double-digit raises and five-figure bonuses in some workers’ pockets.

The agreement between CalHR and the Union of American Physicians and Dentists, which represents about 1,700 medical professionals in state service, averts a strike that union members authorized last month and arrives just days before the Legislature’s deadline to close out deals with state workers before lawmakers’ session ends. CalHR estimates the deal will cost the state about $227.5 million.