Hospital Employee Wages

By: Kirsten Gladding
By: Kirsten Gladding

Some local hospital workers are saying their salaries are simply too low.

Employees at Western State Hospital in Staunton are asking for higher wages, but the state hospital says pay is determined in Richmond and it's not up to them. Governor Mark Warner has announced a 2.25-percent pay raise to state employees. Some state employees have also complained that new workers are often hired at higher salaries than long time employees in the same position.

John Beghtol, director of community services at Western State Hospital said, "What state employees tend to look at is are there raises or are there not? Since 1997, we've had four years where state employees did not receive a salary increase."

If all goes as planned the over 700 employees will benefit from the governor's pay increase when it takes effect this November.

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