Settlement Finalized in Wage Freeze Case

Affected State Employees Will Receive Payout in this Week’s Paycheck

This week, nearly 200 state employees will see more money in their paycheck related to a dispute over the 2011-12 wage freeze. This comes after years of work by SEA/SEIU Local 1984 staff and members on the Labor Management Committee to reach a settlement with the state.

The freeze, more specifically a freeze in salary step progression, was negotiated into the 2011-13 collective bargaining agreement between the SEA/SEIU Local 1984 and the state; It was to run from Sept. 1, 2011, to Aug. 31, 2012. At the time, the state was facing dire economic woes and all were asked to sacrifice, but the workers hired during the freeze ended up taking more than their share of the sacrifice.

The settlement, which avoided arbitration, is intended to mitigate the effects of the incorrect application of the freeze. The payments are in line with the terms of the settlement the SEA/SEIU Local 1984 reached with the state.

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