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  • Union chief: LEOFF-1 firefighters a minority

    Kelly Fox has been the president of the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters union since 1996, and he’s been a firefighter in Olympia longer than that. So he is …


  • Shawn Vestal: Spiking public safety pensions hurts poor kids the most

    The firefighters and city governments who gamed the system – and the taxpayers – for massive extra pension payments have cost the state more than the extra million bucks or …


  • State looks at salary hikes

    OLYMPIA – Washington retirement officials said Tuesday they are examining a batch of pay raises that helped some government workers increase the values of their pensions. Marcie Frost, the director …


  • Disability status not a game-changer

    SEATTLE – On a good day of golf, Ken Brunette will shoot just a few strokes over par. On a bad outing, Odin Rondestvedt will stray into the 100s. Jack …


  • Medical coverage for retirees worries cities

    HOQUIAM, Wash. – After this coastal city’s 1979 ladder truck finally broke down a few years ago, firefighters have continued their duties by using hand ladders that only reach a …


  • Pension maneuvers hit state fund hard

    LAKEWOOD, Wash. – By the end of 2009, three veteran managers at Lakewood Fire District 2 earned salaries that topped $175,000 annually – more than Seattle’s fire chief, who was …


  • State burned by spiked fire pensions

    LAKEWOOD, Wash. – By the end of 2009, three veteran managers at Lakewood Fire District 2 earned salaries that topped $175,000 annually – more than Seattle’s fire chief, who was …

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