Friday, March 31, 2006

Who speaks for you?

AFSCME Council 92

Pay Raises Coming!

The House and Senate Conference Committee on the Budget completed its work. The budget includes a Cost of Living Raise for all employees as follows.

Salary below $45,000 $900

Salary between $45,000 - $70,000 2%

Salary above $70,000 $1400

AFSCME has argued that the 2% pay raise submitted by the Governor was too low for low paid state employees and pushed for an equal dollar amount for all employees of $993. This plan represents a compromise that is still better for the average state employee:

For a $20,000 salary this means a 4.5%

For a $30,000 salary this means a 3%

The legislature also adopted a new minimum salary of $20,447 for employees in the State Personnel Management System. This will particularly assist classifications such as Food Service Workers, Grounds Keepers and Human Service Aids.

In addition, the legislature approved:

Step increases in January and July.

Deferred Comp Match of $600 effective July 1.

Correctional Officers will see their upgrade effective April 12.

Much thanks goes to the AFSCME members who spoke out loud and clear about the need for MORE MONEY for State Employees.

Not resolved yet are key issues of the prescription drug benefit roll back and an improved pension system. Stay tuned for further developments.

AFSCME Council 92

Legislative Office: (410) 269-1817

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