State Workers Rally for Better Pay Raises, Benefits

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- State workers in West Virginia are speaking up and demanding better pay, benefit improvements and better working conditions.

Members of West Virginia Public Workers Union and UE Local 170 rallied in the lower rotunda of the state capitol in Charleston on Monday.

The legislature has proposed state workers get a $500 pay raise this year, but workers want more and scheduled pay raises after that.

Organizers of Monday's rally say it's not only about pay. They also want an expansion of employee grievance rights, seniority rights extended to all state workers and increased enforcement of the state's occupational safety and health laws.

"There's been an instance where there has been some mold in an office, which needed to be investigated, but unfortunately there's no one to investigate it because they're exempt," Donna Morgan, member of West Virginia Public Worker's Union said.

Union members say they are also concerned about the state's failure to fill vacancies. They say under staffing and unrealistic caseload standards have led to turnover, mandatory overtime and other problems.

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