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UPDATE: Lawmaker upset raise won't cover all state workers

UPDATED Thursday, July 25, 2013 --- 2:46 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Democratic state senator is upset that a 1 percent pay raise approved by the Legislature for state employees will not cover those still in a union contract.

Sen. Jon Erpenbach on Thursday sent a letter to Gov. Scott Walker on Thursday asking that Walker take steps to make sure the raise apply across the board.

But Walker's spokeswoman Jocelyn Webster says the governor made clear in a letter to state employees last month that the 1 percent increase was only for eligible state employees. She says those eligible are only those not currently represented by a union.

Erpenbach says if Walker doesn't take action, he hopes the Legislature addresses the issue this fall.

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UPDATED Thursday, July 25, 2013 --- 11:05 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Democratic state senator says a 1 percent pay raise approved by the Legislature for state employees will not cover those still in a union contract or those with a recognized representative.

Sen. Jon Erpenbach on Thursday sent a letter to Gov. Scott Walker saying raising the issue and asking that Walker take steps to make sure the raise apply across the board.

Walker's spokesman Tom Evenson did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

Erpenbach says if Walker doesn't take action, he hopes the Legislature addresses the issue this fall. Erpenbach says anything less is "punishment" for workers who took action to keep their unions alive following passage of the 2011 law that took away all of their bargaining rights except for base wage increases.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Wednesday, June 26, 2013 --- 10:43 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A committee of legislative leaders has unanimously approved Gov. Scott Walker's proposal increasing the pay for most state and University of Wisconsin workers by 1 percent in each of the next two years.

The Republican-controlled Joint Committee on Employment Relations passed it on an 8-0 vote Wednesday.

The pay raises take effect Sunday and will show up on July 25 pay checks.

The pay raises are the first for formerly union-covered workers in four years and the first in five years for most others.

Democrats on the committee complained that the pay raise wasn't enough to make up for cuts in recent years, but it was a step in the right direction.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Tuesday, June 25, 2013 --- 11:41 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker's administration is recommending a 1 percent pay raise for state and University of Wisconsin workers in each of the next two years.

The pay plan proposal was laid out in a letter provided Tuesday to The Associated Press. The letter from Walker's administration was delivered to the eight lawmakers on a special legislative committee set to vote on approving the pay plan on Wednesday.

The UW Board of Regents earlier this month voted to ask that UW System employees' pay raises be the same as those given to state employees. The last system-wide pay increase came in 2008 when faculty, staff and other UW System employees got raises of 1 percent.

State workers got no across-the-board increase in pay over the past four years.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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