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Oregon State Employees Could See Pay Hike If State, Union Reach Deal

State employees will see a bump in their paychecks, under the contract proposed by Oregon’s Department of Administrative Services.

The Salem Statesman Journal reports that pay would go up between 8.7 and 15.4 percent.

But union leaders say some of those increases are a natural result of the end of furloughs, bringing paychecks back up to where they should have been all along.

The state and union have been at impasse since last month, although bargaining talks have continued.

Service Employees International Union Local 503 members will vote this week whether to authorize the bargaining team to call a strike if necessary. Results will be tallied on Saturday.

The state’s offer includes the elimination of furlough days, a one percent cost-of-living adjustment in each year of the biennium and maintaining the five percent employee share of health insurance premiums.

The union wants a cost of living adjustment between 4 percent and 6 percent each year. It also includes a cap on insurance premium costs for workers at their current levels, regardless of any future increases.

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