Having endured a five-year pay freeze, the state’s management confidential employees want their wages increased in next year’s budget.
Members of the state Assembly’s Capital Region delegation, including Angelo Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam, and Phil Steck, D-Colonie, are pushing for the state to provide raises for M/C employees.
There are nearly 12,000 M/C employees statewide; more than 4,000 call the Capital Region home.
They are nonunionized, often higher-paid workers including managers, middle managers and specialists in fields as diverse as education, law, computer science, medicine, administrative support and law enforcement.
“We need to make sure all state workers are treated fairly and with respect,” Santabarbara said.
“That’s why the state needs to do the right thing and address the inequities in M/C employees’ salaries in this year’s state budget.”
The state Senate’s one-house budget resolution included a measure to address M/C employees’ wages, which have held unchanged as their unionized co-workers got raises.
Assembly Democrats in the region are urging their colleagues and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to boost M/C employees’ salaries in the budget this year.
The budget requires approval from the state Legislature by April 1.
The state Organization of Management Confidential Employees has advocated for equal treatment on salaries at public budget hearings. The advocacy group says it has met with Cuomo administration officials and the state Legislature.
“Last year, after vetoing legislation that would have created a commission to bring equity to the state workplace, ... the governor said that this action should be done within the context of the state budget,” Steck said.
“The budget is being negotiated this week — the time for action and commitment is now.”