After 5 years without a raise, often-overlooked state workers catch break

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ALBANY -- The only group of New York State employees who have gone without a raise for five years received a 2 percent bump Friday.

The Cuomo administration raises will go to 9,000 employees statewide, including 297 in Nassau County, 272 in Suffolk County and 376 in Queens.

In addition to the 2 percent raises this year, the agreement also provides longevity payments of $1,250 to employees with at least five years service and a $2,500 payment for employees with 10 or more years service.

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Today is a positive step forward and OMCE acknowledges the steadfast advocacy of its members, the strong support of the  Legislature and attention by the administration in making this first step a reality, stated the Organization of New York State Management Confidential Employees labor organization.

 However, work remains to be done to fully resolve the remaining 7 percent salary inequity. We will continue to work with the administration and legislature to satisfactorily implement a complete and timely resolution of this issue, the group stated.

The Cuomo administration had no comment on any further talks.

 The employees say the lack of wage increases has led to vacancies in supervisor jobs. Employees have  refused the promotions because the supervisor job now would be a pay cut, with no guarantee of raises, the employees stated.

Nearly 30 percent of the employees were appointed by governors. In total, the state employs about 170,000 workers.

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