$1,000 bonus sought for Oklahoma state employees
BY MICHAEL McNUTT NewsOK.com
Monday, January 28, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY - A state workers group is seeking a one-time bonus of $1,000 for state employees who haven't had an across-the-board pay increase in more than six years.
Sterling Zearley, executive director of the Oklahoma Public Employees Association, said the bonus would go to workers who meet or exceed standards set by their state agencies.
Zearley said he expects about 90 percent of the state's approximately 34,000 state employees would qualify for the bonus. The estimated cost is between $25 million and $35 million; the bonus would not be for those who work for higher education or public schools.
The bonus would help employees deal with cost-of-living increases that have occurred since their last raise, he said, and would serve as an incentive for workers while legislative leaders move away from granting across-the-board raises to pay increases based on job performance.
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