OLYMPIA -- Thursday's worse than expected revenue forecast prompted Gov. Chris Gregoire to order state employee unions back to the bargaining table to renegotiate contracts.
With a proclamation, Gregoire invoked a state law that allows her to ask the unions to reopen existing contracts. A separate declaration by Office of Financial Management Director Marty Brown about the forecast for the 2011-13 biennium says the contracts reached for those years are also unfeasible and must be reopened.
Most of the major contracts for 2011-13 are still under negotiations, a spokeswoman for Gregoire said.
Gregoire had resisted declaring an emergency and trying to renegotiate the current contracts during the past session.