Fact-finders in state-union talks recommend employee wage increases

Fact-finders brought into collective bargaining talks between the state and its employee unions have recommended wage increases for the union members — and rejected the Hogan administration’s proposal to make raises contingent upon the state exceeding revenue projections. Documents obtained by The Baltimore Sun show independent arbitrators have made nonbinding recommendations to negotiators for the state and two union bargaining groups whose contracts expire Dec. 31 — AFSCME Council 3 and the combined Maryland Professional Employees Council/American Federation of Teachers. (Balt. Sun)

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