State, university officials say Legislature could resolve pay increases soon
PHOENIX - UA employees joined lawmakers and a crowd of about 500 other state employees outside the State Capitol yesterday in a rally to keep their raises.
Sixty-eight University of Arizona employees from Tucson and Phoenix traveled to the Capitol yesterday for a rally organized by Democratic House Minority Leader Ken Cheuvront. They heard speeches from 31 legislators.
The rally comes at a pivotal time, since lawmakers have been forced to focus on the budget, after the House and Senate presidents shut down the legislature last week pending approval of a state budget for the 2002 fiscal year.
The action the lawmakers take on the state budget now under consideration will determine whether UA employees receive salary increases this year.