Thursday, August 18, 2011

State workers to receive raise

ST. LOUIS, MO (ST. LOUIS PUBLIC RADIO) - Missouri state workers will be getting a small bump in pay.

Members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, known as AFSCME have negotiated a one-time, 2 percent pay increase for the upcoming fiscal year.

Jeff Mazur is a spokesman for the Union. He says even with the raise, Missouri ranks dead last in employee pay.

"Missouri state workers are actually the lowest paid of any state workers of any state in the nation," Mazur says. "In fact just this time last year some data from United States Census Bureau showed that they earn fully 34 percent less than the national average for a state worker."

Mazur says these employees in question work primarily in the Department of Mental Health, State Veterans Commission and Department of Corrections.

Adam Allington, St. Louis Public Radio


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