W.Va. Developing New Pay Plan for Highway Workers

The plan will improve the way employees move up the pay scale.

Tue January 27, 2015 - Northeast Edition
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) The West Virginia Division of Highways is developing a plan to improve employees’ pay.

Deputy Commissioner John McBrayer said the agency isn’t changing its pay scale. He told The Charleston Gazette that the plan will improve the way employees move up the pay scale.

He said the plan will affect all of the DOH’s 3,000 hourly workers, including mechanics, snowplow drivers and equipment operators.

DOH spokesman Brent Walker said transportation workers haven’t had opportunities for merit raises since 2007. He said the new plan will help the agency retain good workers.

John Thompson with United Electrical Workers’ Local 170 said he’s pleased with the plan. He said the DOH has 600 vacancies across the state.