A House-Senate conference committee on the state budget has
agreed to provide state employees a 4 percent pay raise or an
additional $100 a month, whichever is higher, during the next
two-year budget cycle.
About 30,000 workers in 18 state agencies where turnover is
especially high -- including correctional officers -- will get
larger raises whose amounts will be determined later.
Brother Ted Melina-Raab of the Texas State Employees Union
Austin American-Statesman that the raise is not high enough to
"It's not enough," Melina-Raab said. "It's not
going to stop the
tide of state employees leaving their jobs. It's not enough to
up for high inflation."
The raise approved by the conference committee will cost the
$456 million over the next two years.
TSEU and, on behalf of the correctional officers, AFSCME
congratulations for raising the profile of the plight of state
workers. Correctional officers and other state workers in
especially hazardous or difficult fields have achieved gains
large part because they have brought public attention to the
difficulties of their job.
Correctional officers, Laundry and Food Service will have a
ladder established topping out at $31,068 after 8 yrs. of
Sgt., Lt. and Capt. will receive a 10% raise, Majors 5%.
Hazardous duty pay will not increase.