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First Wis. pay plan under union law approved


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The first Wisconsin state worker pay plan crafted after a law effectively ending collective bargaining rights went into effect has been approved.

A special legislative committee controlled by Republicans voted along party lines 6-2 Thursday to approve the plan, which goes into effect in January.

Gov. Scott Walker's administration proposed the two-year pay plan which takes the place of a collective bargaining agreement covering most Wisconsin state workers. Under the law passed earlier this year, most public workers lost the right to collectively bargain over anything except base wages.

However, the largest unions chose not to recertify to retain that right so they are governed by the pay plan up for approval Thursday.

The plan, which has no pay raises for the next two years, covers 41,000 state employees.

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APNP-11-17-11 1417CST

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