Nebraska state employees to rally for higher wages, better working conditions
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Nebraska state employees will be rallying Tuesday for better working conditions and higher wages.
The Nebraska Association of Public Employees, which represents 8,000 state workers, says labor contract negotiations will begin with state officials this month.
The union says they hope this rally will call on the state to invest in public workers, which would ensure longevity in providing vital resources to Nebraska.
“The state remains critically short-staffed at many agencies, and investments are needed to make sure that critical services continue uninterrupted,” said Meissa Haynes, the union’s president. “Our members worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic, and now is the time to invest in them.”
Justin Hubly, the union’s executive director, says the state has been unable to provide essential services due to staffing shortages.
“State employees are dedicated, committed, and passionate about their work, but in order to have a quality workforce, state employee wages must rise to be competitive in today’s market,” Hubly said in a press release.
Union members will gather outside of the Nebraska State Office Building near Centennial Mall and M Streets from 5 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday.