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State Employees Rally Against Proposed Percent Pay Raise

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ow with a state surplus, the unions wants a piece of that.

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - State employees demonstrated outside Governor Rick Snyder's office Tuesday, rallying against the proposed percent pay raise that a state panel is expected to ratify this week.

Union workers want part of the state surplus and assert that they've given enough concessions over the years. N

 

"We have a budget surplus going on here and we're not saying give it all to us, we're saying give us a fair share," said Mel Greishaber with the Corrections Officer Union.

The state impasse panel is recommending these workers get a 2 percent pay hike, coupled with an increase in health care costs. Demonstrators contend if their paychecks are hit, the state's economy will take a hit.

Governor Snyder is not doing very well on Santa's check off list and this civil servant says it doesn't feel like Christmas. "It's a frustrating thing while it may not sound like a big deal, when you start to take more and more out of a paycheck, it has a big effect on people," said Bryon Osborne, a state employee.

The House democratic leader agrees. The Civil Service Commission votes on the proposed settlement this week.

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