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UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 11:44 a.m.

Ruling favors state unions in public records fight

A state appeals court has sided with a coalition of state worker unions in a clash with a conservative group over what information about public employees can be released.


Spin Control: On state worker salaries, actions speak loudest

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee raised eyebrows – and some blood pressures – among some legislative Republicans and other conservatives last week with comments about state worker salaries on the …


New round of layoffs hits Washington

OLYMPIA – Dozens of state government workers have been given layoff notices as Washington agencies begin to implement budget cuts at the start of a new fiscal year. The heaviest …


Welfare agency leader lacks support of union

A vote by union employees of the state Children’s Administration overwhelmingly expressed no confidence in the agency’s head, the Washington Federation of State Employees said. “This is not something we …


DSHS privatization halted by judge

A Thurston County judge has ordered the Washington Department of Social and Health Services to stop contracting with private agencies to manage child welfare cases until it can show that …


Deal cuts hours, pay for state workers

OLYMPIA – Union leaders for state workers have agreed tentatively to cuts in wages and increases in health premiums for the next two years. Union officials and Gov. Chris Gregoire, …


2009 child welfare law disputed

The union representing state workers has accused the Washington Department of Social and Health Services of attempting an end run around the Legislature in order to privatize child welfare services. …


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 …