State workers to meet Monday on pay issues
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- State employees are meeting at the Idaho Statehouse on Monday to protest Gov. "Butch" Otter's plan -- adopted by budget writers Friday -- not to give raises to government workers next year.
The Idaho Public Employees Association has scheduled a so-called "listening session" Monday in the Capitol for state employees to talk about their experiences working for government.
The meeting is sponsored by minority Democrats.
In a communique sent to members, the association said Otter's budget plan isn't necessarily the last word on the issue.
The group's spokeswoman, Donna Yule, said budget writers on the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee could add raises for departments -- if they hear from enough state workers about concerns over their wages.
If state workers want a raise, they need to tell lawmakers, Yule said.