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Nebraska correctional officers union reaches new contact

April 17, 2019

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska correctional workers will get pay increases based on their years of service and other factors under a new contract agreement with Gov. Pete Ricketts’ administration.

The contract announced Wednesday will provide 2.5 percent merit raises to new corrections officers once they hit certain milestones in their careers, including 1, 3, 5, 7 and 10 years of satisfactory performance.

Current officers will get a higher wage based on years of service in July. A correctional officer with 10 years of service will get a 12.5 percent increase.

The contract also gives state officials the discretion to implement 12-hour shifts at high-security men’s prisons on up to 50% of posts. It’s designed to reduce overtime.

Ricketts says the plan builds on the work prison administrators have done to reduce employee turnover.

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