Union sues to block state prison job cuts

The Associated PressOctober 15, 2010 

The union representing 6,000 Washington Department of Corrections workers has sued to block the department's recent job cuts.

Teamsters Local 117 Secretary-Treasurer Tracey Thompson says it filed the lawsuit Wednesday in King County Superior Court because the state is changing the workers’ wages, hours and working conditions without bargaining . The state recently cut 299 jobs in the department and closed the Larch Corrections Center in Yacolt.

This month, the local said its members overwhelmingly rejected a contract proposal from the state that froze wages and increased health care costs.

A Corrections Department spokeswoman could not immediately be reached for comment.

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