BOISE -- State employees are meeting at the Idaho Capitol on Monday to protest Gov. C.L. Butch Otter's plan -- adopted by budget writers Friday -- not to give raises to government workers next year.

The Idaho Public Employees Association has scheduled a so-called listening session Monday in the Capitol for state employees to talk about their experiences working for government.

The meeting is sponsored by minority Democrats.

In a communique sent to members, the association said Otter's budget plan isn't necessarily the last word on the issue.

The group's spokeswoman, Donna Yule, said budget writers on the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee could add raises for departments -- if they hear from enough state workers about concerns over their wages.

If state workers want a raise, they need to tell lawmakers, Yule said.

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