Idaho State Workers Protest

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Updated: 2/18/2013 10:47 pm
Last week governor butch otter revealed his budget plan for 2014, but state employees are not very happy that the budget does not included raises.
On Monday they showed up in numbers at the state capitol to protest the plan.
Summer Joy reports.

Budget writers adopted the plan on Friday, the 15th, to not give government workers raises next year.   The Idaho Public Employees Association scheduled a so called "Listening session," Monday in the capitol for state employees organized by Democrats. Dozens of state workers made emotional appeals during the two hour session that involved subjects of better working conditions and more competitive wages.

"I cannot afford J.C. Penny's, I can't afford Fred Meyer's on sale after 10 ½ years with the state. I have a graduate level education," said one of the state workers.

Employees also had concerns for too few opportunities for career advancement and that training programs have diminished.

"I'm so glad to have all you teachers back, you relies we don't pay you much, we ask for a lot of work, we expect wonderful teaching and we get it and we are really lucky to do all this for not much pay. That was thirty years ago and at no point I or most of my friends leave," added another state worker.

The group spokeswoman, Donna Yule says that if state workers want a raise they need to tell lawmakers.

Lawmakers approved a 2 percent merit raise to state employees in 2012, but data shows the average hourly pay for idaho state workers is still 10.7 percent below eight surrounding states.
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