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TSEA: Gov’s Raises a ‘Slap in the Face’

Press Release from the Tennessee State Employees Association; April 7, 2011:

TSEA Shocked By Commissioners’ Pay Increase

The Tennessee State Employees Association learned today that Governor Haslam has increased the minimum pay of commissioners by 11% to $150,000. TSEA President Phil Morson said: “We are shocked to hear this. The remainder of the state employee workforce has gone over 3 years with no salary increase, but the Governor gives his cabinet huge raises as they walk in the door. This is unfair. It is a slap in the face to the every-day state worker who has the same right as those at the top to be valued for their hard work and competence. As we move forward, we hope the Governor and the legislature will take swift action to address this painful inequity.

TSEA is a nonprofit association existing to provide a strong unified voice with which it advocates the work-related interests of its members. The attainment of association objectives will ensure a better life for our members and will attract and retain an effective, efficient state workforce to provide services for all Tennesseans. TSEA was established in 1974. For further information, visit the Web site at

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