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Health-contract deal raises ante for state workers

Post by Brad Shannon / The Olympian on Dec. 3, 2010 at 6:18 pm with 2 Comments »
December 6, 2010 7:16 am

Negotiators for Gov. Chris Gregoire and 25 public-sector labor unions have agreed to increase the workers’ share of health care premiums by more than 25 percent in 2012 and 2013.

Under a contract deal reached late Thursday, the employees’ share of premiums would go to 15 percent in 2012 – up from the 12 percent of recent years. But elements of the deal could require legislative approval, and unions won’t vote to ratify the contract element until negotiations are done on compensation and other pieces of the state-worker contracts for 2011-13.

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  1. OK, but what actually does this ‘25%’ mean? What is it 25% of? What were they paying and what will the public-sector employees be paying once that ‘25%’ is added? If they were paying 1% and will now have to pay a 25% increase that only means they will contribute 1 1/4% (1.25 %) of the total.

    If the intention of this ‘article’ is to provide the misleading impression that public sector workers will now be paying for 25% of their health care premiums, then shame on the TNT (and the union who put out this press release). If the TNT wants to at least try to be credible, put the meat on the bones and tell the whole story.

  2. klthompson says:

    25% of nothing is nothing. Figures do not lie but liars can figure, unfortunately.

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