Group protests DHHS wages

About two dozen people gathered outside the Department for Health and Human Services Thursday
November 14, 2013 3:15:54 PM PST
Protesters gathered outside the State Department of Health and Human Services Thursday to speak out against a recent move by Governor Pat McCrory.

About two dozen people stood outside with signs to voice their opinions about McCrory's decision to deny Medicaid expansion in the state. Demonstrators are also upset about controversial raises given to upper management at DHHS while other employees were told their wages would be frozen.

Protestors also marched inside the DHHS building in an attempt to deliver a letter to DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos. Their letter asked to meet with Wos and discuss better pay and a mental health worker bill of rights.

The group said salaries have plummeted for mental health workers, while former campaign staffers with the governor have received hefty raises while at DHHS. Governor McCrory has defended the raises, saying those staffers earned their promotions.

Demonstrators said they have tried to meet with Vos before, but their phone calls have gone unanswered.

"She's got to get back to me. She can't keep ducking me. She's got to meet with us or just come out and tell me, we're not going to meet with you. Do that. I could appreciate it a whole lot better. But we're not going to give up the fight," said state worker Larsene Taylor.

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