California’s deputy attorneys general will have to shift their campaign for better pay back to the bargaining table after the state Supreme Court this week declined to take their pay parity lawsuit.
The state prosecutors’ union had asked the courts to impose a salary-setting formula that would boost their pay to levels closer to what attorneys in other public agencies earn. An entry level deputy attorney general makes less than $60,000 a year.
The Third District Court of Appeal in May rejected the union’s pleas and said the courts have no role to play in setting state attorneys’ salaries.
“We’re going to pursue every other avenue we can,” said Patrick Whalen, the union’s general counsel.
Attorney General Jerry Brown has said his office’s relatively low pay scales hamper recruiting efforts.
The case is California Attorneys v. Schwarzenegger, S174490.
— Cheryl Miller
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