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WA’s Largest Employer Heads to the Bargaining Table

August 11, 2008

Olympia, WA – State government employees in Olympia will spend their lunch hours Tuesday at a rally leading into a two-day contract bargaining session. Legally, the union can't disclose the details before the negotiations begin. But Tim Welch with the Washington Federation of State Employees says many state agencies are already operating with fewer staff members who are putting in longer hours, so it would make sense to keep the work force happy.

"It's fair to say that we're asking for a pay raise that is in tune with the times. We're asking for a number of other, non-economic, parts of the contract. No take-aways; we do not want to take any steps backward."

Last week, the governor asked state agencies to freeze hiring, limit travel, and hold off on major equipment purchases. Welch says they've seen hiring freezes before, and they don't expect this one to affect the contract talks.

"We view what the governor did here as a caution more than a panic. It does make sense, if you're facing some hard economic times or uncertainty, that it's better not to hire state employees, rather than to hire them just to lay them off."

Welch says the largest employer in the state is the state, so how its 60,000 union workers are treated and paid has a ripple effect across the entire state economy. By law, the state labor contracts must all be negotiated by October first.

Chris Thomas, Public News Service - WA