Committee vote set on 5 union contracts
MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A special committee of Wisconsin legislative leaders is scheduled to vote on approving 1 percent pay raises for five state employee unions representing about 2,400 workers. The vote Thursday is by the Joint Committee on Employment Relations. Non-union state workers, the vast majority of the 69,000 state employees, received a 1 percent raise under the budget that took effect in July. Raises negotiated by these five smaller units have not taken effect because lawmakers haven’t yet voted to approve the contracts. Once the committee approves them, the deals must be approved by both the Senate and Assembly. The pay raises would be retroactive to June 30. The five unions represent all state-employed education professionals, all classified attorneys, nurses, electricians, research analysts and economists.
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