- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 7, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration says most state workers will receive hourly pay raises from 13 cents to 50 cents to resolve a union contract dispute.

Risk Management Director A. J. Forte told the Legislative Finance Committee on Wednesday that salaries would be adjusted in June to reflect what employees should have been paid nearly six years ago.

The state Supreme Court ruled last year about 10,000 workers must receive retroactive pay increases because former Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration didn’t follow union contracts in distributing salary money.

The Martinez administration estimates workers could get from $2,000 to $3,000 in back pay.

Forte said some departments may face budget shortfalls and hold jobs vacant to save money because lawmakers didn’t allocate enough for agencies to cover the potential $30 million settlement.

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