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Robust pay raises coming for Pennsylvania commonwealth workers

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Robust pay raises coming for Pennsylvania commonwealth workers
By AFSCME Council 13 ·
Tags: Momentum Wages

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Members of AFSCME Council 13 have voted in favor of a new four-year collective bargaining agreement with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

A tentative agreement was reached on July 11, after months of negotiations between union representatives and Commonwealth officials. Council 13’s State Policy Committee unanimously approved the agreement on July 18. Ratification voting took place in local union meetings over the course of the two weeks that followed.

The contract, which will expire on June 30, 2027, includes a total of 20.25% in wage increases over the four years between general pay increases and step increments. Compounded over the four years, represented employees’ current salary would increase by 22.1%. This represents a historic achievement for AFSCME members in Pennsylvania.

While the contract includes a 0.5% increase in employee health care contributions, the employer will contribute 28% more. The contract also includes provisions for increased meal allowances, expanded vacation buyback, improved overtime policy, improved health and safety measures, and more.

“I want to thank everyone who took part in this process to bring home such a great deal for the AFSCME members who keep this Commonwealth running – especially the rank-and-file members who traveled to Harrisburg for countless negotiating sessions, which were quite challenging at times,” said Council 13 Executive Director David Henderson, who is also an AFSCME vice president. “They always held the line and kept their eye on what’s best for their sisters and brothers around the state.”

Past negotiation updates can be found here.

Council 13 represents 65,000 workers.

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