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  • State workers to get parking, bus breaks

    Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill into law Saturday that lets state employees pay for their work-related parking and transit costs using pretax earnings. Democratic Rep. Sam Hunt of Olympia …


  • 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 …


  • State workers’ health benefits at issue

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire wants state workers to pay up to 26 percent of their health insurance premiums next year, part of a hold-the-line contract offer that will include …


  • Gregoire signs furlough bill

    Gov. Chris Gregoire signed into law a bill that will order thousands of state workers to take 10 days off without pay through the middle of 2011.


  • State workers union votes to increase dues

    OLYMPIA – Washington’s largest state workers union, the Washington Federation of State Employees, has voted to boost member dues from 1.37 percent of pay to 1.5 percent to help pay …

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