MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ The Wisconsin Senate has approved union contracts granting 1 percent pay raises for five small bargaining unions representing about 2,400 workers.
The Senate unanimously approved the contracts without debate Tuesday. The Assembly was scheduled to pass them later in the day.
Once passed and signed by Gov. Scott Walker, the pay raises would be applied retroactively to June 30.
Non-union state workers, the vast majority of the 69,000 state employees, received the same 1 percent raise under the budget that took effect in July.
Most bargaining units decided not to negotiate since the 2011 law known as Act 10 limited bargaining to just base pay increases no greater than inflation.