The Governor’s pay plan – unveiled Tuesday – would remove separate state agencies ability to give merit raises, giving that job to the Office of State Employment Relations.
The head of the state’s largest employee union criticizes the changes. “There are no thresholds, there’s no criteria for who gets merit. It’s solely a very subjective, arbitrary decision on the part of the director of OSER,” says Marty Beil, questioning how an official in Madison knows the quality of work going on at sites across the state.
Beil claims it is an open door to cronyism. “It’s all about giving friends money or not. Either punishing people or rewarding people.”
The plan also freezes basic pay for two years. Republican Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald says most state workers would see few changes.
AUDIO: Beil says state workers will have fewer protection. (2:30)