State workers at more than 80 workplaces around Washington walked off the job Wednesday. They want lawmakers to fund pay raises promised in contracts.
Budget negotiations have stalled in Olympia and there’s still no funding to increase pay for state workers.
The nearly five percent raise would be their first in more than seven years.
Meanwhile, lawmakers are poised to get a raise twice that size later this year.
Steve Hoffman, a shop steward at North Seattle Community College, says that’s not fair.