State workers union rallies for pay raise

Texas State Employees Union Facebook Photo

About 200 labor unionists have marched on the Texas Capitol demanding pay raises for state workers and what they called a responsible state budget.

Carrying letters that spelled out "PAY RAISE" and other banners, the marchers made their way along rain-soaked Congress Avenue on Wednesday.

The rally was organized by the Texas State Employees Union and Texas Forward with the help of the Texas Organizing Project, the Texas AFL-CIO, and the Communications Workers of America.

Demonstrators also called on Texas lawmakers to pass a budget with adequate spending on education and health care.

They also called for laws that protect worker rights. Texas is the only state that does not require worker's compensation insurance.

Texas is a right-to-work state, so unions cannot compel membership and have difficulty organizing.

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