Iowa offers 1 percent pay increases to union workers

DES MOINES — State negotiators offered a 1 percent across-the-board pay raise for each of the next two fiscal years Monday to members of two employees unions that are seeking higher compensation levels under new contracts that would take effect next July 1.

Janet Phipps, director of the state Department of Administrative Services who is leading the state negotiating team, said the state is offering a fair proposal to its union workers in the latest round of talks on a two-year collective bargaining agreement given the current financial realities heading into a new biennial budgeting cycle.

“We have a tight budget overall as far as state government is concerned, but I wouldn’t offer anything that the state couldn’t afford,” Phipps told reporters after presenting a counter-proposal to members of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, or AFSCME, Council 61 that included some requested benefit concessions.

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