UW, state worker pay raises win approval

MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin Senate has voted to approve 2 percent pay raises for state employees and University of Wisconsin workers this year and next.

It's the first pay raise for state workers since 2014 and the largest since 2007.

The Senate approved the pay plan unanimously on Tuesday. The Assembly is scheduled to pass it Thursday.

The first pay raise would take effect in the middle of this year with the other one beginning in January 2019.

The pay raises for the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus marks the first time since 2015 that employees there have gotten across-the-board raises. It is also the largest wage increase of its kind for UW employees in more than a decade.

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