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Bullock, State Employees Reach Pay Increase Agreement

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HELENA - On July first, most state employees could see a three percent pay raise -- the first raise most state workers have seen since 2008.

Governor Steve Bullock announced Wednesday his administration and state employees reached the pay raise agreement, which individual unions now have the option to ratify.

If ratified, the pay raises will increase to five percent in November of 2014.

This year, the Montana Legislature allocated $56 million to the executive branch to negotiate raises with Montana's public servants.

The agreement also mandates that premiums for members of the State's self-insurance pool will not increase.

Bullock also announced that the state will fully fund the "Blue Collar Pay Plan" – the plan for organized trade and craft employees in the executive branch. These employees will see raises of $0.92 in 2013 and $0.97 in 2014. 

None of these nearly 800 workers have had a raise since 2008 and full funding honors the directive from state legislators to ensure that lower wage workers saw increases.


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