Figures show 771 state workers denied raises - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Figures show 771 state workers denied raises

(AP) - More than 700 state employees were denied pay increases July 1 after Gov. Bill Haslam changed existing policy and blocked raises for those receiving poor evaluations or disciplined in the past year.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press ( reported the figure after receiving requested information from the state Human Resources Department.

The newspaper found that 771 employees were denied the 1.6% cost of living increase, which was the first pay hike in three years.

Denying pay increases because of poor performance evaluations has long been a provision of the state's annual appropriations act.

But using disciplinary infractions as justification for not giving a raise was a new twist, drawing protests last month from Tennessee State Employees Association Executive Director Robert O'Connell, who questioned its legality.

 Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press,

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