RYE — Holding signs saying “Winter’s coming” and “Snow doesn’t plow itself,” a couple dozen Department of Transportation employees showed up Wednesday telling Gov. Chris Sununu at the Executive Council meeting that they want a contract.
And they told him not to forget about their boots.
The men and women who take care of state roads are among an estimated 8,000 state employees working without a two-year contract since June 30.
An impasse for the state’s master contract was declared in April and following mediation with an arbitrator, a fact-finding report is soon to be released, said Andrew Toland, communications manager for the SEA/SEIU Local 1984.
A sub-unit of the master contract includes highways workers, who declared an impasse last month. Jeremy Davis was holding a sign in the hallway of the Seacoast Science Center, where the governor was to meet later with the Executive Council.
Davis said he loves his state job working as a mechanic, but most other employers pay a lot more. His sign said big box stores do pay more.
“It’s hard when you have to work two jobs to make a living,” Davis said. “It’s not fair.”