[SUMMER 2015] Winning an across-the-board pay raise was a top priority for TSEU members this session. Unfortunately, most state employees will see no real pay increase. This is because even though lawmakers provided a 2.5% across-the-board salary increase for state agency employees, the raise was part of a larger plan to increase funding for the ERS pension plan (see Pensions for more details). The 2.5% pay increase will be offset by the increase in the employee contribution into the ERS pension fund, which is scheduled to go up to 9.5% on September 1st, 2015. All of the 2.5% pay increase will be eaten up by the pension contribution increase, leaving state employee pay stagnant. University employees were once again excluded from the across-the-board pay increase. TSEU activists at state universities will be organizing and mobilizing to win a flat-amount, across-the-board pay increase for university employees.
Parole Officers in TDCJ will receive an 8% salary increase, while Juvenile Correctional Officers in TJJD will receive a 5% increase (2.5% in 2016 and 2.5% in 2017), all on top of the 2.5% across-the-board raise.
The budget also mandates that HHSC allocate $6.6million for pay raises to Registered Nurses and Licensed Vocation Nurses in SSLCs and State Hospitals who work in “high turnover” locations. No additional information was included in the budget that tells which specific locations will receive a pay raise and how much the pay raise will be. TSEU will be working to find out more details on this.
TSEU’s long-held position is that all state and university employees need an across-the-board pay raise that meets the rising costs of living. We will continue organizing and mobilizing from now, through the elections in 2016, and into the 2017 Legislative session to win a real across-the-board pay raise.
TSEU WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR IT!