Tens of thousands of state employees wait for committee to approve raises, no meeting scheduled

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Published on December 6, 2019 -

Tens of thousands of state employees wait for committee to approve raises, no meeting scheduled

Next month, tens of thousands of state employees are expecting raises that were approved seven months ago, but the last step before those become official – one final committee meeting – has yet to happen.


Tens of thousands of state employees wait for committee to approve raises, no meeting scheduled

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Next month, tens of thousands of state employees are expecting raises that were approved seven months ago.

But the final step before those become official - one fina committee meeting - has yet to happen.

Amy reid joins us now to explain the hold up.

Even though a 2 percent raise was approved in may, it still needs to be signed off in another committee in the next 26 or so days.

But as of now, there's no plan for them to meet, and now the people who are waiting on this are taking action.

17:55 afcme members.

We need your help to make sure public employees get the pay that they deserve :00 valerie landowski is done waiting around.

For months, that's all she's done.

9:57 the fact is the legislature has already approved these wages.

We're just waiting for them to finally get through the committee session :04 starting in january, state workers are expected to get a raise, 2 percent doled out between now and 2021.

But by law, there's one more step at the joint committeon employment relations.

23:54 the legislature's finance committee approved these raises in the compensation plan back in may.

In july on the third, governor evers signed the budget into law.

:05 but in all that time since, the joint committee on employment relations hasn't met to approve them.

25:00 and as of today, they still don't have a plan to meet.

:03 18:58 the decision not to hold a meeting of the joint committee on employment relations is really irresponsible :05 that's stephanie bloomingdale, the president of a union that represents state workers.

She sent this letter last week to the co-chairs of the committee, senate president roger roth and assembly speaker robin vos.

Asking them to meet immediately, or else risk the employee raises.

19:26 these decisions were made in our legislative process ... months and months ago, and it is now time for them to schedule this meeting and pass these compensation increases for workers in the state :45 17:26 we ask you to contact your state legislators to let them know that public employees cannot afford to wait :29 at landowski's union, they're hoping calls to these leaders will do more than the letter.

But whatever works, it's the action she's after.

12:07 we just need legislators to act and to have the courage to act :10 we reached out to both senator roth's office and speaker vos's.

A spokesperson for vos said he couldn't sit down with us, but did let us know that the committee members didn't get details on a compensation plan until early november.

However we don't know why a meeting hasn't been held since then.

Until the new compensation plan is approd, the current plan stays in place.

Amy reid

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