Politics & Government

December 3, 2010

Health-contract deal raises ante for state workers

Negotiators for Gov. Chris Gregoire and 25 public-sector labor unions have agreed to increase the workers' share of health care premiums by more than 25 percent in 2012 and 2013. Under a contract deal reached late Thursday, the employees' share of premiums would go to 15 percent in 2012 – up from the 12 percent of recent years. But elements of the deal could require legislative approval, and unions won't vote to ratify the contract element until negotiations are done on compensation and other pieces of the state-worker contracts for 2011-13.

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