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Legislative committee approves 1% raise for five unions

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MADISON (WKOW) -- About 2,400 state workers would receive the same 1% pay raise non-union workers got in July under deals approved Thursday by a special committee of legislative leaders.

The Joint Committee on Employment Relations approved the deals unanimously. They would be applied retroactively to June 30, once approved by the full Legislature.

The soonest that could happen is January, which means workers won't get the higher pay until later that month or February.

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.

Democrats on the committee questioned why Walker's administration didn't bring the five contract deals to the panel sooner for a vote given that they were reached as far back as August.

The Office of State Employment Relations director Greg Gracz said there was a delay because the office was hoping to reach a deal with a sixth bargaining.

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