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May 30, 2014

Employees getting pay raises

NORMAN — Help wanted: Prison guards needed. Starting salary, now $12.78 per hour. The nearly $1 per hour raises will help, but there are still many positions open.

Corrections workers aren’t the only state employees getting well-deserved pay raises this year.

Lawmakers carved out $20 million and outlined thousands of employees who will see more take-home pay beginning in July.

Senate Bill 2131 identifies about 7,700 of the state’s lowest-paid employees, not including corrections workers and Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers.

The workers impacted include Corrections Department nurses, probation and parole officers, correctional case managers, teachers and social service specialists. ABLE agents, attorney general’s investigators, OSBI employees, state fire marshal agents, mental health workers, health care authority and state health department staff.

Also identified are Veterans Affairs staff, park rangers, Pardon and Parole investigators, Office of Juvenile Affairs staff, state military department employees, OSBI and DHS personnel and J.D. McCarty Center workers.

The increases will range between 6.25 percent and 8 percent and become effective June 30.

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