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Federation of State Employees ratifies pay deal on 2,421-169 vote

Post by Brad Shannon / The Olympian on Sep. 28, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
September 28, 2012 5:28 pm

This just in: The Washington Federation of State Employees has overwhelmingly ratified a two-year pay contract for general-government workers in 2013-15. The online vote tally was 2,421 in favor and 169 wanting to reject the deal.

In a nutshell, the agreement affecting 30,000 general-government workers reverses the 3 percent reductions in pay and hours worked that have been in effect for the past two years. It also offers a chance for a 1 percent pay hike in 2014 and an extra pay step worth 2.5 percent of thousands of workers.

Cost for the state is about $238 million.

Talks continue with two-dozen unions on health-care benefits.

The federation deal – reached two weekends ago – was the first major labor contract agreement struck by Gov. Chris Gregoire’s negotiators. It now is the first of three major contracts to be fully ratified.

Awaiting a vote by late Sunday evening is a similar deal reached last night with Teamsters Local 117’s prison workers.

Stan Marshburn, director of the governor’s Office of Financial Management, says a similar deal was also reached with nurses in Service Employees International Union 1199, which also awaits ratification.

OFM is waiting on contract agreements to be ratified by Monday – or Oct. 1 – the deadline for putting funding into the governor’s budget proposal for 2013-15.

In other news, the federation says a deal with employees at Washington State University also was ratified today on a vote of 145-to-14.

My report on the Teamsters deal reached last night is here.

My report on the federation deal at the time it was reached is. here.

The Associated Press had this this report rounding up other contract agreements that are nearing agreement or ratification.

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