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December 8, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Budget office signs off on state employee contracts as feasible

Due to the Great Recession, state employees haven’t had a raise in six years. But a move by the Washington Office of Financial Management (OFM) Friday might put workers one step closer to getting a wage hike. The OFM signed off on letters declaring $583 million of negotiated and arbitrated employee contracts as fiscally feasible.

The contracts cover everyone from general state employees to Washington State Patrol officers, teachers and ferry workers. There are about a dozen contracts that were negotiated by OFM, about 15 contracts settled by arbitration and another approximately 15 negotiated between colleges and universities and their staffs, according to the OFM letter, which you can read here.

With the designation from OFM as feasible, Gov. Jay Inslee can include the contracts in the proposed budget he’ll release later this month.

The letter describes most of the agreements as “modest.”

“These agreements are generally no more than 3 percent in the first year, and no more than 1 percent in the second year,” according to the letter.

The Washington State Patrol Troopers Association, however, scored a 7 percent raise for next year in an arbitrated contract. And the Washington State Patrol Lieutenants Association got a 5 percent raise through the arbitration.

You can see a detailed summary of all the different contracts here.

 

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