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Oregon state workers could get up to 15% raises

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Proposed contracts include both step increases and COLA

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FILE – In this June 6, 2015, file photo, a customer, bottom, pays for goods while shopping at the Atlanta Farmers Market in Atlanta. Americans finally got a raise in 2015 after seven years of stagnating incomes, driven by big gains among the poorest households, according to information provided by the Census Bureau, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016. Higher minimum wages in many states and tougher competition among businesses to fill jobs pushed up pay, while low inflation made those paychecks stretch further. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Public employee unions representing Oregon state workers have negotiated new contracts that would provide pay increases of up to 15% over the next two-year budget period.

The proposed contracts include both step increases and cost of living increases in each of the next two years.

Union officials say the wage increases are necessary to maintain Oregon’s competitiveness in attracting employees after recent wage growth in the private sector. However, the Oregonian/OregonLive reports most recent state salary survey suggests that state employees’ total compensation, which includes benefits, is already competitive.

The contracts still must be voted upon by union members and receive final approval by state lawmakers.

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