SEA says state not providing info on insurance deductible
A tentative agreement was reached in June that included a 6 percent pay raise for state employees over the next two years. It would be the first raise in five years.
The SEA’s collective bargain senate rejected the agreement in June. The senate said low-income employees would have to pay more for deductibles than they would receive in a pay raise.
Thursday the union reiterated its charge that the administration’s negotiating team has failed to provide information detailing how the health insurance changes were developed and how they would not financially harm workers.
“Governor Hassan greatly appreciates the sacrifices made by New Hampshire’s hard-working state employees throughout the recession, which is why she fought to include the first cost-of-living increase in five years in the new state budget,” said Hassan’s Communications Director Marc Goldberg. “She continues to believe a fair agreement can be reached within the constraints of the budget that will provide a critical cost-of-living increase to state employees while reducing health care costs and strengthening our state’s financial outlook.”
“The state’s attitude about our losses seems to be ‘it’s in the past, we can do nothing about it,” said Jim Nall, SEA’s bargaining team chairman. “But workers still struggle with all of the pay losses, and our agencies still struggle to hire qualified employees. Critical services are suffering. There aren’t enough employees yet we still try hard each day to meet our missions. The governor needs to understand — things have gone too far backwards.”
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