Bill aims to help state workers' pay

Source: Michele McNeil, Indianapolis Star (IN), January 10, 2006

Legislators unveiled a proposal Monday that they say would improve salary conditions for state employees and pensions for those who have lost their jobs because of government cuts or privatization. Senate Bill 340, which will be heard in a Senate committee within the next few weeks, would allow employees to be vested in their pensions — regardless of years worked — when they are laid off because of outsourcing or an office closure. Now, employees get pension benefits only after working for the state for 10 years. …. Unions representing state employees say legislators aren’t doing much to help those state workers who have lost their jobs since Gov. Mitch Daniels took office. His administration has, for example, outsourced prison food service and shut the Fort Wayne State Developmental Center. “I don’t see how this bill protects the wages of state employees,” said Lettie Oliver, associate director, American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees, Council 62.