Nebraska’s largest union representing state workers rejects Governor Dave Heineman’s wage freeze request. NAPE/AFSME Executive Director Julie Dake Abel tells us that it was turned down by more than 95% of the responding employees.
“They’ve had such high health care insurance premiums that essentially not having any sort of a pay raise this year would actually equivocate to a pay cut for them.”
Governor Heineman had proposed the wage freeze to help balance the state budget. If the union had accepted the proposal and managers, not covered by union contracts also had their pay frozen, the state would have saved about $10 million.