State Workers Want $1,000 Raise, Not Bonuses

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- A state employees union wants $1,000 across-the-board raises, not the one-time $500 bonuses Gov. Joe Manchin is pushing.

Members of West Virginia Public Workers Union UE Local 170 launched a petition drive Thursday asking Manchin to present the idea to lawmakers.

Union organizer Gordon Simmons said about 100 people already have signed the petition.

Last week, the governor announced plans to ask lawmakers in January to use half the state's estimated $65 million surplus to give employees a one-time bonus.

Manchin spokesman Matt Turner said the one-time bonuses are the most responsible approach for now.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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