By Jacqueline Rabe Thomas and Keith M. Phaneuf
The 3 percent pay raises that nearly 2,000 non-union state managers and appointed staff were expecting to begin receiving Thursday have been canceled, the Malloy administration told state agency leaders today.
“We have a responsibility to the taxpayers of Connecticut not to move forward with managerial raises at a time when so many state programs will see reductions and while so many state jobs are likely to be eliminated,” Brian Durand, the governor’s chief of staff, and Ben Barnes, the governor’s budget chief, wrote agency leaders. “The raises for managers slated for March have been canceled.”
Malloy’s announcement comes as the legislature has to decide whether to block or allow raises for nearly 1,900 unionized, nonteaching professionals at the University of Connecticut.
Unless either the House or Senate votes in March to reject the deal UConn negotiated with its Professional Employees Union, members will receive annual raises ranging from 3 to 4.5 percent over the next five years. A portion of the annual compensation increase in the last four years of the deal is tied to members agreeing to expand their work week from 35 to 40 hours.