About 5,690 Washington state employees belonging to Teamsters Local 117 voted late Sunday night to ratify a new two-year labor contract. The vote was nearly two-to-one in favor, according to the union, which represents employees at the state Department of Corrections.
The agreement comes as talks on a health-care agreement affecting 26 different bargaining units are still stuck, though technically an impasse has not been called between the union and Gov. Chris Gregoire’s bargaining team.
Terms of the Teamsters deal are similar to one ratified Friday by the Washington Federation of State …