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Saturday, March 10, 2007

New Jersey State Workers To Get Average 35 Percent Salary Increase Over Four Year Union Contract

This is the “fair contract” Governor Jon Corzine has negotiated with the state’s public employee unions. The average New Jersey state worker will receive a 35 percent increase in salary over the next four years - 13.6 percent in wage scale increases, the balance in incremental salary increases.

The average state worker currently makes an annual salary of $54,742. That average worker will be getting $73,902 in pay when the union contract expires in 2010.

It’s been fifteen years, back when Jim Florio was governor, since the union won wage scale increases for every year of a contract. This is the price taxpayers have to bear so that Governor Corzine could reach an agreement in time for his unveiling of the state’s budget in February. The union crows, “We said that we believed the Governor was motivated to get a contract early and that it would work for us”. Boy, did it!

More details about the salary concessions Governor Corzine made to the unions, with examples:

The contract provides an across the board salary increase every year for the next four years. Every worker, regardless of performance, will get a 3 percent raise in each of the first two years and a 3.5 percent raise in the final two years.

The contract also preserves incremental salary increases for all workers receiving a “satisfactory” performance rating and who have not reached the maximum salary level for their position. According to the union, 70 percent of workers will be receiving these incremental salary increases every year for the next four years.

For example, a worker in a pay grade 25 position, currently earning $52,901.32 annually will have receive a $71,380.30 salary in four years. A worker currently earning the maximum of $75,194.05 in a pay grade 25 job will be making $85.445.20 when the contract expires in 2010.

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6 Comments:

At 7:30 PM, Blogger Dino P. Crocetti said...

How much more blatant is this abuse going to get? Furthermore, where is the Republican outrage? Where's the passion and determination to speak out?

Other than Steve Lonegan, who else is injecting any passion into the issues that affect us everyday, whether it's out of control spending, abuse of power or out of control tax and spend liberalism?

Thank goodness for Enlighten as well for keeping us informed, crunching all of the numbers and swimming upstream against the current of the Blue Jerseys' of the New Jersey blogosphere who are now shamelessly attempting to label Chris Christie a partisan hack as we expected.

The blatant abuse needs to stop somehow. It has gone way beyond the point of arrogance and elitism.

 
At 12:15 AM, Blogger Rob Tornoe said...

I'm a political cartoonist, and here's a toon I did for the whole "concession" agreement between Corzine and the unions:

Click here for cartoon

 
At 7:44 PM, Anonymous njcons said...

Arghhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
At 10:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reality check: The average national salary increase among all industries is 3.7% this year, and expected to be 3.8% next year.

Since the state workers are getting 3.0% and 3.5% in the next four years, is that really unreasonable?

I think not.

 
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At 7:46 AM, Anonymous muebles rivas said...

Thanks for the post, pretty helpful data.

 

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