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On average, state workers are nearly 6% behind market wages, with some job classes even further behind.
The Governor has proposed a 2.5% raise in his Nov. 1 budget, but we will have a fight on our hands to make sure that figure is not decreased to fund other state interests facing cuts in the next fiscal year.
DPA’s own analysis* shows that most state workers are 5.7% behind market median, with 3 job classes as much as 8%-9% behind the private sector.
What can you do next?
Why do state workers need a raise and a commitment to Partnership?
The state’s inability to keep pace with private sector pay is causing a crisis in staffing at facilities across the state.
The state is chronically understaffed in its prisons, mental health hospitals, group homes for the developmentally disabled, and youth correction facilities.
In order to recruit and retain a high caliber of public employees, who make Colorado one of the best-run states in the nation, the state must stay competitive in its compensation.
We must focus on paying competitive salaries to the nurses who work with challenging clients, the parole officers who keep our communities safe and our offenders on the right path, and all other state workers who use their knowledge and expertise in their everyday work.
We need a statewide commitment to Partnership, because workers know best how to streamline and improve state services and their input should be valued.
*You can get DPA’s full FY 2017-18 salary survey report and letter from their website.