(James Hennerty, CSEA Deputy Director of Contract Administration, April 15, 2010)
There is no substantial change in the situation from our last report. As far as we know the Governor will submit an emergency spending bill on Friday which will provide the 4% raise for court employees, but not for Executive Branch employees. That could change, so stay tuned.
The newspapers reported yesterday that a retirement incentive plan is slated to be part of the completed budget, but details are scarce. Reports say that there will be two parts to the incentive. First, those in Tiers 2-4 will be able to retire without penalty if they are at least 55 years old and have at least 25 years of service. It is thought that eligible employees will be able to do this without management consent. The second part will be offers to targeted employees (those filling positions management feels it can do without) which would increase service credit by one month for each year of service, up to a maximum of 36 months.
Please note that this is all speculative, and any proposals will have to survive the larger battle over the budget deficit.