The 2018 Legislative Pay Plan is to provide state employees with approximately a 5.0% salary adjustment from FY 2018 through FY 2019. Therefore, benefits-eligible employees in the Executive or Legislative Branch who have been continuously employed since July 1, 2017, are proposed to receive one of the following:
1. Employees who received a 2.5% increase from the Legislature’s Pay Plan last July or an agency-funded increase for those who were left out of the Legislature’s Pay Plan last July, will receive a single step, or approximately 2.5%; or
The problems that led federal inspectors to decertify Osawatomie State Hospital might have been prevented if a succession of Kansas governors and lawmakers had funded community-based mental health programs intended to reduce the need for state institutions.
KHI NEWS SERVICE KDADS to transfer some Larned, Osawatomie legal staff to central office Agency says move to Topeka will improve efficiency, but some in legal community have concerns By Megan Hart | May 10, 2016 PRINT 20 15 0 The head of the legal department at Larned State Hospital will be transferred to Topeka later this month, a move that has some western Kansas attorneys concerned the distance could throw a wrench in the process of committing people who need mental health treatment. In addition to that general counsel job, a legal assistant position will be transferred to the Kansas
The Kansas Organization of State Employees (KOSE) today expressed extreme concern for the safety of state correctional officers in the wake of erupting violence at a state run prison where, over the past several days, ten officers have been injured in inmate attacks.
Last year during the 2013 Legislative Session, the Kansas Legislature introduced a bill that would have completely eliminated the Civil Service system for state employees. Without Civil Service protections, state employees could be fired for political reasons…or for no reason at all. KOSE successfully fought against this change, but the threat has not gone away.
On April 6, the Kansas legislature voted to eliminate due process for teachers. Teachers’ due process rights are very similar to state employees’ Civil Service rights, as they protect teachers from being fired for political reasons
On March 8th dozens of members of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) from around the country arrived in Wichita. Attendees from as far away as Alaska and Connecticut came to help strengthen and energize KOSE and its members through a training and mobilization program AFT conducts annually.
During the week long program participants received morning training sessions on how to engage, organize, and activate workers. Then, in the afternoons and evenings, they developed those skills as they traveled across south-central Kansas conducting worksite visits, knocking on doors and making calls
Although KOSE bargains for pay raises, those pay raises have to be placed in the budget and approved by the legislature before they can take effect. Last year for the first time, the Kansas Legislature aproved a two-year budget. That budget did not include raises for state employees.
The 2014 legislative session begins on Monday, January 13. Contact your legislators and tell them that pay increases for state employees should be a priority!
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KOSE members in Wichita participated in the National Day of Action on December 9th. For the Day of Action, KOSE is held a Cold Weather Clothing Drive, collecting donations of hats, mittens/gloves, scarves and socks, which were presented to for Interfaith Ministries. KOSE members believe that good jobs and strong communities are essential for working families. Our participation in the National Day of Action demonstrated belief.
On December 9th, 2013, AFT President Randi Weingarten sent the following message to AFT members across the county: