MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ A special committee of Wisconsin legislative leaders has approved a 1 percent pay raise for five state employee unions representing about 2,400 workers.
The Joint Committee on Employment Relations approved the contracts Thursday. The deals must now be approved by the Legislature before they take effect.
Non-union state workers, the vast majority of the 69,000 state employees, received a 1 percent raise under the budget that took effect in July. Raises negotiated by these five smaller units have not taken effect because lawmakers haven't yet voted to approve the contracts.
The pay raises would be retroactive to June 30 once approved by the Legislature.
The five unions represent all state-employed education professionals, all classified attorneys, nurses, electricians, research analysts and economists.