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Teamsters Local 117 strikes pay deal with state; ratification next

Post by Brad Shannon / The Olympian on Sep. 28, 2012 at 5:02 pm with No Comments »
September 28, 2012 5:02 pm

Teamsters Local 117 struck a deal with negotiators for Gov. Chris Gregoire late last night, assuring a deal that mirrors one struck two weeks ago by the larger Washington Federation of State Employees.

According to this summary, the Teamster deal reverses the 3 percent reduction in pay and hours worked for all 5,690 covered workers; it adds a new pay “step” for experience worth 2.5 percent; and it allows a 1 percent pay increase in July 2014 if the state’s revenues hit a target.

Paul Zilly, spokesman for the Teamsters, said a ratification vote is taking place over the weekend and will wrap up just before midnight Sunday evening. The deal affects prison workers and others at the Department of Corrections.

Meanwhile, a ratification vote on the federation’s tentative pay deal was due to conclude at 5 p.m. this afternoon. Results are due later tonight.

That agreement is the state’s largest and affects about 30,000 of the state’s general-government employees.

Several other smaller unions have reached agreements on pay with the state. These are in varying states of ratification or approval, as is explained in this round-up story by The Associated Press.

The pay talks are working toward an Oct. 1 deadline to meet the Office of Financial Management’s deadline for putting cost figures into the governor’s budget proposal for 2013-15. State costs for the federation deal is estimated at about $238 million.

Bargaining on health-care benefits for more than two-dozen unions is continuing.


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