Gov. Wolf Gives Nonunion Workers Largest Raise In Recent History

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is giving state government managers and other nonunion workers the largest boost in pay they have received in decades and perhaps longer.

The raises were quietly revealed in an email to about 13,000 beneficiaries this week by the Wolf administration. The package will amount to more than 6 percent for many of them, though they also will see a slight bump in health care premiums.

With the average nonunion salary a shade below $70,000, the raises will cost about $58 million for a full year.

It will include a 2.75 percent across-the-board raise, plus a 2.25 percent longevity increase for the vast majority. Wolf’s Office of Administration said there is also another average 1.4 percent increase to provide a management premium over rank-and-file pay. The premium shrank during a temporary post-recession pay freeze.

An Office of Administration spokesman could not immediately say when nonunion employees received a larger raise, but said raises under former governors Tom Corbett, Ed Rendell and Tom Ridge were almost certainly smaller.

Nonunion employees also will start paying a slightly larger health insurance premium, from 2 percent of salary now to 2.5 percent in 2018, and will see a new in-network deductible for certain medical services and higher medical and prescription co pays.

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  1. You make it sound like management is getting something special. Management salaries were frozen in 2009 while non-management employees (union contract) continued to get annual increases. By 2013 the disparity between management and non-management employees was about 20 percent. Management finally received nominal raises in 2013 in a weak attempt to diminish the salary disparity between management and non-management employees.

    The the 2.25 percent longevity raise management will receive in October is the same raise that non-management employees received back in January, 2016. The 2.75 percent raise that management will also receive in October is the same raise that all other state employees will receive. This is the first time since in ten years that management employees will receive the same raise as non-management employees.

    As for the “average 1.4 percent increase to provide a management premium over rank-and-file pay” reported in this article, it is not a premium over rank and file. It merely brings the management employees pay scale to the same level as the non-management employees pay scale. After Rendell froze management employees salaries in 2009 and non-management employees continued to get annual raises, it became necessary to have a separate pay scale for the management employees. The management employees pay scale never changed until the 2013 raises. Presently the management employees pay scale averages 1.4 percent lower than the non-management employees pay scale. By eliminating the management employees pay scale, Gov. Wolf is placing all employees back on a single pay scale just as it was before the salary freeze in 2009. That 1.4 percent increase is the only real salary increase that management employees are receiving. The other raises are what has already been given or promised to non-management.

    So after the October raises that management employees will receive, a management employee’s salary will still be almost 10 percent lower than that of a non-management employee with the same pay grade

    1. So after the October raises, management employees will still be receiving almost 10 percent less pay than they would have had their salaries not been frozen and they received the same raises that non-management employees received

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