State Workers Picket for Benefits

EUGENE, Ore. — State workers across Oregon took to the picket lines Tuesday to advocate for their benefits.

Local protesters say they hoped to get Governor Kitzhaber’s attention as he puts the state’s budget together. They say they are entitled to reasonable benefits like anyone else and don’t want state employees to shoulder the burden of budget cuts.

“Our members are concerned about increased costs of their health care, the possibility that their front line services could be reduced because of reductions in staff,” said Teague Cohen, Employment Adjudicator.

State workers also said they want Wall Street banks to take more responsibility for the budget crisis.


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  1. ahshucks says:

    State would be in good shape if they got rid of the unions and reduced per’s pensions.

  2. Daryl says:

    Unions had a time and place,,,,in the 20th century. Now they are only around for the PERS and other lazy workers.

  3. Annoyed says:

    Non-state workers are already shouldering the burden by lost jobs and therefore no money and no health insurance. The only reason state workers get good benefits is because tax payers pay for it. And don’t give me that you state workers pay taxes too, because your income comes from taxes anyway! It’s a closed loop. We ALL have to shoulder the burden, and that means reduced benefits, just like just about everyone else in the private sector has had to do since 2008.

  4. jasonmarks says:

    oh brother, get back to work and be glad you have a job.

    Do you REALLY think there is ANY sympathy for you “increased costs” when you are wanting to shove them over on ME and EVERY OTHER TAX PAYER.

    Bunch of greedy losers!

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