Merit raise plan approved by commission
The Louisiana Civil Service Commission approved a plan changing the way merit raises would be given to state employees. It would make the raises three to five percent based on the workers performance. Agencies could only alter or eliminate the raise after filing a layoff avoidance plan with the state.
The plan affects about 60,000 classified workers in Louisiana.
Some current and former state workers say it would only make the system more political. Currently, workers can qualify for a four percent increase if they meet expectations. More than 95 percent of workers have met that mark in recent years.
Some workers say adding different levels of pay only adds to supervisor subjectivity.
The plan now goes to the governor for final approval. If he signs off, the change would go into effect July 1.