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State Senator

Steve Cassano

Representing Andover, Bolton, Glastonbury & Manchester

Senate Approves Pay Raises for State Employees, Joining National Trend of Rewarding Workers in a Historically Tight Labor Market


HARTFORD - About 46,000 Connecticut state employees – the lowest number of state employees per-capita since the 1950's – will receive wage increases of 2.5% a year through 2024, and many will receive similar so-called "step" increases based on their seniority and job performance, under a labor contract given final approval today by the state Senate.

Certain eligible state employees will also receive additional payments ranging from $1,000 to $3,500 in an effort to get them to remain in state service at a time when Connecticut is facing massive numbers of retiring state employees.

The contract also saves taxpayers $16 million annually through the creation of a new, voluntary prescription drug discount program.

Today's Senate vote comes as national news reports say workers are "in the driver's seat " in today's economy. Private- sector companies are raising wages, Connecticut cities and towns are rewarding local labor unions, Republican governors and state legislatures across America are handing out union raises, even as the pay gap between the public and private sectors is widening and Connecticut state employees are making 5% less than their private-sector counterparts.

"The term 'state employees' is often misunderstood. Who are these people, what do they do? They are our neighbors, friends, and communities," said State Senator Steve Cassano (D-Manchester), who voted yes on the contract approval. "Their job descriptions include state police officers, fire services, hospital workers, highway workers and teachers in all ranges from pre-kindergarten to college professors. They are caring for children in schools and child care facilities and seniors in their homes or in special programs for those not able to live at home without assistance. Children and adults with physical disabilities depend greatly on these state workers. They staff our government, courts, commissions, agencies and they are soldiers always on call to duty to protect us as members of the National Guard."


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