Municipal Government, National

Pennsylvania Nurses Still Waiting for Raises Due in October

January 16, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Gov. Tom Wolf

Harrisburg, PA – About 1,300 nurses who work for the Pennsylvania state government were supposed to get a 2.75% raise Oct. 1—but it hasn’t turned up in their paychecks yet.

A spokesperson for Gov. Tom Wolf said that side letters to allow the retroactive raises, which were part of a contract ratified by Service Employees International Union Healthcare Pennsylvania later in October, are expected to be completed within the next few weeks. Matt Knittel, director of the Independent Fiscal Office, said his office is still reviewing the nurses’ contract and several others, under a 2016 state law that requires it to analyze the lifetime annual cost of government employees’ labor agreements before they can be finalized. But a spokesperson for the governor’s Office of Administration said that side letters authorizing raises retroactive to October for the two largest state-worker unions, AFSCME Council 13 and SEIU Local 668, have already been executed, and their contracts haven’t been signed yet. “This is very shameful,” a nurse told PennLive. “The state should respect the nurses’ contracts and stop holding the funds up, as they [the nurses] have families, bills, and cost-of-living increases.” Read more

January 15, 2017

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