(Neb)-Ricketts Starts Performance-Based Pay System For Non-Union State Workers
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts is launching a new performance-based pay system for approximately 3,000 non-union state employees who have traditionally received cost-of-living increases. The plan will be funded by the money previously earmarked for the COLA raises.
RIcketts says it's a way to run state government more like a business, and he hopes to see it expanded to include unionized employees when their new contract is negotiated next year.
Starting in January, discretionary and classified rules employees will receive merit increases based on goals those workers have set with agency leaders with bonus increases for employees deemed top performers.
Ricketts says employees affected include managers and professional employees who aren't subject to the union contract. The administration says it could introduce the proposal when the next state employee contract is negotiated in 2018.
The "pay for performance" program will be funded with existing dollars traditionally used for cost-of-living increases.
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