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SPEAKER PROMISES PAY RAISE LEGISLATION

 SPEAKER PROMISES PAY RAISE LEGISLATION
 BOSTON, Aug. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- In the wake of the "horrendous"


Supreme Court decision that dismissed the state employees' pay raise suit, House Speaker Charles Flaherty today assured NAGE president Kenneth T. Lyons and other officials that he would bring to the floor legislation for the salary increases when the House returns from its recess next month, NAGE announced today.
 Speaker Flaherty, in his meeting with Lyons, NAGE National Vice President Joseph DeLorey and lobbyists Dave Holway and Ray McGrath late Thursday afternoon, said he would poll the House Members when they return and is confident there is sufficient votes to pass the pay raise appropriation as well as overriding the Governors' veto.
 Lyons said he has contacted Senate President William Bulger and will meet with him early next week to request the same commitment on the passage of the funding legislation.
 Last December, the House and Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of the funding bill for the state employees' contracts but it was amended by the Governor on the final hours of the session and the legislature never voted on the amendment.
 NAGE and the other unions representing 40,000 state employees, filed the suit in the State Supreme Court last January arguing the employees should receive the salary increases because of the action by the legislature in approving the funding and that the Governor's signature at that point was not necessary to release the funds.
 Lyons said the Supreme Court's decision, released early today, was a low blow to collective bargaining and that it emphasizes the weakness of our court system. The NAGE president said it was obvious the court is more interested in bending to the wishes of Gov. Weld than to the employees who have not had a salary increase since 1988.
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 /CONTACT: Ed Gillooly, 617-376-7267, or Ken Lyons, 617-472-4098, both of NAGE/ CO: National Association of Government Employees ST: Massachusetts IN: SU:


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