Restoration of State Employee Wages Begins!
The 77th Legislative Session
The 27th Special Legislative Session
June 4, 2013
The hard work of many AFSCME members, meeting with their Legislators has changed the course for all State workers! Yesterday, Monday June 3, 2013, AB511 passed both houses with just one “no” vote and is now on its way to the Governor for his signature. The Governor has indicated his support for AB511.
AB511 provides a 2.5% wage increase effective, July 1, 2013. Furlough days will remain at 6 for the biennium. Eligibility for merit pay increases will be reinstated effective July 1, 2014.
Below is the link to AB511:
The legislative action to begin the restoration of wages and benefits is a commitment put on the record at Monday’s June 3, 2013 Senate Finance Committee meeting by 3 of its members, Senator Smith, Senator Denis, and Senator Kieckhefer. Their commitments to State employees can be viewed on the link below:
The costs of health benefits will also be addressed during the upcoming biennium. During the early morning hours between the end of the 77th Legislative Session and the beginning of the 27th Special Legislative Session, the Governor offered his support in using the $9 million in PEB funds to be used to reduce State employee and retiree medical costs in the second year of the biennium. AFSCME will be working with PEB to make sure that these funds will be used for that purpose. We will keep you informed of all of the discussions and PEB Board meetings.
The beginning of this restoration of your wages and benefits came as a result of hours of dedicated work and commitment by AFSCME members telling their personal stories to their legislators and the Governor about the value of the work, their dedication to their work, and impact the cuts have had on their lives and their families. The legislators and the Governor listened. But to ensure that the commitments to continue to restore wages and benefits continue, we need to expand the involvement. When we work together, we achieve. We now must build on this achievement. Meetings with legislators and the Governor must continue.
If you want to be part of this rebuilding of State employee pride, contact us at: email@example.com
This is just the beginning of the restoration of our wages, benefits and dignity for all State employees.
Keith Uriarte, Chief of Staff
AFSCME Local 4041
Together We Can and Do Make The Difference!