Posted: Apr 9, 2013 7:06 PM by Marnee Banks - MTN News
HELENA - State workers are asking a Senate panel to reinstate their negotiated pay increases.
They lined up in committee on Tuesday to tell lawmakers that four years without a raise is too long.
Unions bargained with the state to give all state employees a 5% raise in 2014 and a 5% raise in 2015, allocating $90 million dollars for the entire state plan.
However, the House cut that down to $62 million, saying some state workers received pay adjustments during the last biennium.
State workers are asking the Senate Finance Committee to amend the state pay plan and put the extra money back in.
Steve Creigh of the MT Department of Revenue said, "We are not looking for a handout. We are not looking for a gratuity. We are not looking for something for nothing and we are certainly not looking to get rich. What we are trying to do, quite simply, is just do what everybody else is doing and that's provide for our families."
This bill has already passed the House.
It now awaits a vote in the Senate committee before heading to the full Senate for a vote.