April 26, 1991 |
More than 4,000 Montana government employees went on strike Thursday to protest the veto of a state pay raise and the National Guard was called out to maintain essential services. The strikers include 90% of the state's Highway Patrol troopers. Republican Gov. Stan Stephens called the strike "self-defeating for everybody" and blamed Democratic lawmakers for falsely raising the hopes of state employees. He said he stood by his veto of a 60-cent hourly pay raise for most workers.