State workers to get raise, no word on bargaining rights

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State workers to get raise, no word on bargaining rights

Postby jjoyce » Thu Feb 21, 2013 7:14 pm

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“I’m going to make all the state employees very happy,” Schraa said during a town meeting, in response to a question about pay raises. “I can’t be specific, but the budget does have a pay increase for all state employees. I can’t give you a percentage, because there’s some factors that are involved regarding some of the union contracts, some of the bargaining units that are actually still open.”


Nothing in there about a restoration of bargaining rights, though. My question: Will they care? Is this part of the strategy? Take a bunch of stuff away and then a couple years later, return a little money and they'll forget all about the bargaining rights.

Seems like a pretty good strategy to me.

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Re: State workers to get raise, no word on bargaining rights

Postby Steve Vokers » Thu Feb 21, 2013 7:26 pm

I've heard 1% in each year. Does that look like enough to you to compensate for the loss of collective bargaining?

Didn't think so.

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Re: State workers to get raise, no word on bargaining rights

Postby gargantua » Thu Feb 21, 2013 7:47 pm

1% a year for two years is supposed to make state employees "very happy"? I suppose, if the expected alternative was a kick in the groin.

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Re: State workers to get raise, no word on bargaining rights

Postby Steve Vokers » Thu Feb 21, 2013 8:04 pm

Especially considering we've been hit with an increase in pension contribution and health care premiums. And then like everyone else the increase in payroll tax.

Going backwards, just like we did under Doyle.

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Re: State workers to get raise, no word on bargaining rights

Postby Michael Patrick » Fri Feb 22, 2013 8:36 am

And don't forget, Act 10 limited raises to the change in CPI, which was what, 1.6% in 2012?

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Re: State workers to get raise, no word on bargaining rights

Postby TheBookPolice » Fri Feb 22, 2013 9:31 am

jjoyce wrote:Anybody watching House of Cards?

"Never get between a Teamster and a free meal."
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Maybe base your assessment of a situation on the actual people you know versus a dramatic reflection of reality. 1% is a "free meal" like a half-eaten slice of pizza left on a park bench is a free meal.

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Re: State workers to get raise, no word on bargaining rights

Postby Francis Di Domizio » Fri Feb 22, 2013 10:29 am

Michael Patrick wrote:And don't forget, Act 10 limited raises to the change in CPI, which was what, 1.6% in 2012?


If memory serves it only limits what can be bargained for; I don't think it stipulates any limitations on raises themselves.

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Re: State workers to get raise, no word on bargaining rights

Postby TheBookPolice » Fri Feb 22, 2013 10:42 am

Francis Di Domizio wrote:
Michael Patrick wrote:And don't forget, Act 10 limited raises to the change in CPI, which was what, 1.6% in 2012?

If memory serves it only limits what can be bargained for; I don't think it stipulates any limitations on raises themselves.

It does both, though I don't think Michael is exactly correct. Act 10 limited collective bargaining to cost-of-living increases only, but pinned those calculations on the base pay for the position in question, as opposed to the actual pay (including length of service increases and add-ons for professional development).

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