Teachers are not alone wanting a pay raise. The last time state employees got an across the board pay increase was 12-years-ago. The head of the Oklahoma Public Employees Association is Sterling Zearly. He says state workers are struggling. He says many have had to take a second job to make ends-meet.
State workers are paid 27-percent less than those doing the same job in the private sector. That is causing a huge turn-over among state employees