A contract proposal providing no wage enhance for 2 years is a “punch within the intestine” to state workers, a lot of whom are engaged on the entrance strains of the coronavirus pandemic, in keeping with the union representing them.
“This can be a slap throughout the face,” Danny Homan, president of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Workers Council 61, stated Monday after the Division of Administrative Providers made its preliminary supply in contract bargaining.
The state countered Homan’s “cheap” name for a 3% across-the-board wage enhance in every of the following two fiscal years by providing no pay hike to roughly 19,000 workers at prisons, schools, well being companies and different state establishments who’re represented by AFSCME.
Minutes after the digital assembly with Nathan Reckman, basic counsel for DAS, Homan stated he was receiving “colourful texts, some with very colourful language” from AFSCME members responding to the supply.
He went into the assembly with low expectations as a result of the state provided public security workers represented by the State Police Officers Council a rise of one-half of 1%.
“I knew it wasn’t going to be good … however we didn’t even get a half of a p.c,” Homan stated.
It reveals that GOP Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Republican legislative majority don’t acknowledge “the exhausting, exhausting, harmful work that workers contained in the bargaining items have performed over the past 9 months.” At the least two correctional officers working is state prisons the place COVID-19 has spiked have died, he stated.