Governor John Lynch today issued an Executive Order freezing salary step increases for Executive Branch employees not covered by a collective bargaining agreement.
The State Employees Association, which represents the majority of the state's employees, has already agreed to a one year step increase freeze through the collective bargaining process. The state continues to negotiate with the New Hampshire Troopers Association and the New England Police Benevolent Association. The NEPBA represents the New Hampshire Department of Corrections officers, Fish and Game superior officers, Fish and Game officers, Probation and Parole chiefs, Probation and Parole officers and Liquor Enforcement investigators.
The state budget mandates $50 million in personnel savings, from classified employees, for the Fiscal Year 2012-2013 biennium. This executive order would freeze step increases for unclassified, non-classified and classified employees not subject to collective bargaining.
"These continue to be challenge times for our state budget, and I think it is only fair and appropriate that all state employees share in achieving budgetary savings. I would expect the Legislative and Judicial branches will also takes steps to reduce personnel-related costs," Governor Lynch said. "Our state employees work hard everyday serving the people of our great state, and I appreciate their efforts in working with us to address this challenging budget."