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Tag: State employees

July
25th

PEBB lowers health premiums for many state employees in 2013

The Public Employees’ Benefits Board voted Wednesday to set health-premium rates for 338,000 state workers, dependents and retirees in 2013. In a bit of a surprise, rates are going down for participants in the most popular plan, Uniform Medical.

Details are scheduled to be posted Thursday morning here on the state Health Care Authority’s site. Update: The complete chart is here.

In the meantime, the Washington Federation of State Employees put out an alert to members that hailed lower costs for Uniform Medical Plan enrollees but objected to rates going up for Group Health

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April
19th

State workers: Don’t take us for granted

Sen. Pam Roach is the only senator who did enough this year to avoid a scolding from a major state employees group.

The Washington Federation of State Employees is denying endorsements to most legislators for now, saying they “waged a systematic campaign to dismantle human services and inflict extraordinary and unnecessary sacrifices on state employees.”

In case you’re scratching your head trying to remember these sacrifices, a quick recap of this session:  Democrats raised taxes as unions requested, didn’t cut pay for state workers, and ponied up an extra $65 million for worker health insurance, but they also closed three state institutions and downsized two others, cut about 3,000 state-employee and educator jobs, and furloughed as much as a quarter of the workforce.

The rhetoric may have bothered unions as much as the actions: Republicans demanding reopening of worker contracts; centrist Democrats complaining their party wasn’t doing enough to outsource non-core functions of government like the state print shop and liquor stores.

The result: Only 18 House members, mostly liberals, and the conservative Roach received backing Saturday at the union’s Endorsements Conference. The stamp of approval puts them on the fast track for the group’s endorsement — and the promise of fundraising help that comes with it.

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