The Associated Press
OLYMPIA– Officials say contract negotiations between unions representing state workers and the state government have reached an impasse over health care costs.
The state has been negotiating with more than two dozen unions since May and had reached tentative agreements on pay with most of them, but on Friday officials said the unions wanted a guarantee that the state would continue to pay 85 percent of premium costs.
The state wants the option of changing the premium split based on rising costs or increased usage. The state wants to start its contribution rate at $825 a month per employee. But the unions see uncertainty for the state workers in that proposal.
Under state law, because both sides couldn’t reach an agreement, the previous contract’s health care coverage will carry over to June 2014.