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Unionized Washington State Employees To Rally For Higher Pay

Aug 30, 2016
Originally published on August 30, 2016 5:27 pm

Unionized Washington state employees want a pay raise. They plan to rally Wednesday at the state Capitol.

The unions representing state employees point to a recent salary survey that shows 99 percent of state job classes pay below market rate. State workers did get a nearly 5 percent pay hike in their last contract, but they want a more significant bump in their next two-year deal. Bargaining is currently underway.

Imelda Ang sits on the bargaining team for the 32,000-member Washington Federation of State Employees. She knows the state is already under court order to fully fund public schools.

“School kids or state employees -- it’s a delicate balance, isn’t it?” Any said. “Because a majority of state employees who live in this community do have children that are going into the state school system and we want them to have a great education. But I think we can do it.”

The governor’s office negotiates state labor contracts. The legislature can only vote yay or nay to fund them.

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