The state Civil Service Commission Wednesday approved pay contracts for unionized state workers.
The commission also set pay levels for others not covered by union contracts.
The contract agreements include pay increases of 10 percent spread over three years. Workers also will continue contract concessions that have been necessary to help the state balance the budget.
For most workers, that means they will work 40 hours a week but be paid for 38 from January until next November. They can use the other hours for extra time off or receive a payment into their 401Ks when they leave state service.
Also, entry-level pay scales will be lowered.