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Updated Jan 17, 2012 - 6:42 pm

Ariz. state raise comes with catch for workers

Thousands of state workers could soon be getting a raise, but there's a catch.

Governor Jan Brewer's budget proposal gives nearly 30,000 state employees a five percent pay raise if they opt out of the state personnel system. That system gives them the right to file an appeal if they get fired or demoted.

American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees Local President Sheri Van Horsen said if someone does take the bait, whoever takes their job in the future won't have the option.

"If that person promotes out they retire, let's say, and the new hire comes in, that position is uncovered for life," she said. "That's it. This person didn't get a choice. That's what bothers me."

Van Horsen said most of the state workers won't go for the idea.

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