State workers get raises in new contract
Over the last two weeks, 80 percent of the State Employees Association members who voted said they favor the new contract, which took more than 10 months to negotiate.
State workers will receive a 6.12 percent pay increase over the life of the contract, which ends July 1, 2015.
State workers will also receive a 2.25 percent increase beginning July 1, 2014, and another 2.25 percent increase beginning Jan. 1, 2015.
"I am pleased that SEA members have ratified this agreement that provides the first cost-of-living increase in five years to our hard-working state employees while securing important health care savings for the state," Gov. Maggie Hassan said. "I thank SEA members and leadership, as well as state negotiators, for working in good faith to reach a deal that's fair to all parties."
"The SEA team knew about the state's history of over-projecting health care cost inflation during contract negotiations. They knew that employees had been a big part of achieving millions of dollars in annual health care savings — surplus money — that kept going back to state agencies to balance the budget," said Lacey. "They were sure that out-of-pocket costs for employees were going to far exceed worker raises. So they got innovative and collaborated with the state to create an agreement that was fair for everyone."
Employees are also rewarded for using lower cost services through Anthem's Site of Service centers. The state's Compass SmartShopper program continues, which gives employees a rebate for using low-cost providers.
Provisions of the new contract will be acted on by the Executive Council today and by the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee Friday.