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'Me-too' clause lands deputy D.A.s more pay

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Thanks to a clause in the labor agreement between the San Luis Obispo Government Attorneys’ Union and the county, union members will get another 1.7 percent salary increase—about $11,300 more in pay and benefits—without the hassle of labor negotiations.

At the culmination of July 2006 negotiations, the union was granted a “me-too” clause, which duplicates any increased benefits received by the Deputy County Counsel’s Association bargaining group. On June 10, the county counsel’s association was handed a 6.34 percent salary boost after about 10 months of delayed negotiations. The government attorneys’ union negotiated a 4.64 percent increase back in 2006, which was increased to 6.34 percent on July 22 in accordance with the “me-too” clause. Each deputy district attorney was also given a $50 increase in educational allowance.

The boost for the attorneys also comes with a retroactive increase that extends back a year. The retroactive salary and benefit increases come with a $350,000 price tag to the county. The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to make a budget adjustment to cover the amount at a later date.

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