Roughly three-thousand state employees gathered on the Capitol lawn in their bright purple shirts hoping for the Governor’s attention. Yvonne Walker is with Service Employees International Union Local 1000. She says they’ve been without a contract for nearly a year – and they want a five percent wage increase in this year’s budget.
“We’re hoping they include money for the state employees pay raises, because we haven’t had pay raises in 8 of the last 14 years.”
Union leaders say a first – ever strike is an option, and a strike vote is set to start this month. But a spokesperson with the Department of Personnel Administration says state law prohibits state workers from striking. She says late this month they’ll make a so-called economic offer to SEIU. Those typically include things like wages and health care costs.