Wolf Defends Pay Raises For Non-Union State Workers

HARRISBURG (CBS) — Governor Wolf says a significant pay raise he’s granted non-union state workers is long overdue.

Most of some 13,000 non-union and management state employees will get raises of more than six percent. The Wolf administration says it is an effort to address a disparity created by a wage freeze of several years on those employees that began in the Rendell administration.

Appearing on Pittsburgh sister station KDKA Tuesday, Governor Wolf, questioned by morning co-host John Shumway, defended the six percent increases.

Shumway noted that what he is doing seems unheard of in these days.

“It is. It is. But the other thing that’s not heard of is not getting any raises at all,” Wolf responded.

The state’s largest workers union, AFSCME, has agreed to a new three year contract with pay hikes that begin with a 2-point-75 percent increase October first.

The Wolf administration is touting health care savings in the deal.

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