8:44am

Fri June 27, 2014
Local and State News

State Worker Salaries Boosted For 2008 Pay Dispute

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — About 5,300 state workers will receive hourly salary increases from 13 cents to more than 50 cents in this week's paychecks to help resolve a six-year-old union contract dispute.

State officials said Thursday that salaries were adjusted in early June to reflect wage rates that should have been in place starting in 2008.

Employees will get paychecks Friday reflecting the increases for a two-week pay period.

There will be separate checks issued in the upcoming budget year for back pay — thousands of dollars in some instances.

The state Supreme Court ruled last year that 10,000 employees are entitled to retroactive pay increases because former Gov. Bill Richardson's administration didn't follow union contracts in distributing 2008 salary money. Only about 5,300 of those employees are still working for the state.