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W.Va. Developing New Pay Plan for Highway Workers

The West Virginia Division of Highways is developing a plan to improve employees’ pay.

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

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

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

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