Public Workers Rally at W.Va. Capitol for Pay Increase

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Dozens of state workers spent their Presidents' Day holiday at the West Virginia State Capitol to protest their wages and workload.

Members of UE Local 170 gathered at the capitol at 11 a.m. Monday.

Union members say public workers have seen their wages, benefits and working conditions steadily deteriorate over the years due to a six-year wage freeze, rising health insurance costs and increasing workloads. They're concerned because Governor Earl Ray Tomblin hasn't proposed any pay increases for public workers in the coming year.

"Governor Tomblin and our legislators need to provide workers and retirees with a pay raise due to the increasing cost of living," said Donna Morgan, UE Local 170 President said. "This is the one time a year we can come together and stand united to make our legislators aware of our issues and concerns."

The group says state workers are one of the lowest paid in the country.

The group also says its against privatization and they want seniority to count for job security.

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