Here's a news flash for next session - SDSEO is coming out with a bigger hat for legislators to fill
SDSEO (South Dakota State Employees Organization) announced today via press release that they are going to be coming to the legislature asking for a 4% raise for state employees (plus another 2.5% for those below midpoint). KCCR covered this one as well:
The South Dakota State Employees Organization plans to ask next year’s state Legislature for a 4 percent across the board pay hike.Read it all here.
SDSEO executive director Corey Landeen says a 3 percent pay hike was a good idea when first introduced in the 1980s by the late Governor George S. Mickelson. But he says cost of living has far exceeded that increase now.
Landeen admits changing the mindset of the Governor and those legislators who have supported a 3 percent pay raise will be a challenge. But he says an extra one percent will not add that much cost to the state budget.
Landeen says the SDSEO board also will push for an additional 2-point-5 percent pay raise, which is traditionally given to get employees to the midpoint of their salary range. The organization also will ask for no increases in employee costs to the state health plan until the plan can further be studied.