State Workers

State Workers

State workers, police and firefighter pensions lose in Senate GOP budget

GOP leaders in the state Senate have proposed saving the state about $250 million by rejecting most of the labor contracts Gov. Jay Inslee’s office negotiated with 38 employee unions. But state law gives the Legislature power only to approve labor contracts negotiated with state employees in full, or reject them entirely. Lawmakers can’t alter them, something that has irked Republicans for years.

Elections

Would Initiative 1501 protect the elderly, a powerful union — or both?

Billed as a way to prevent fraud against the elderly, Initiative 1501 would increase penalties for those who steal the identities of seniors and other vulnerable adults, while shielding those individuals’ personal information from public disclosure. But opponents of the measure say it’s really about protecting caregivers’ unions from a conservative group that is looking to siphon off union members.

Videos

UW redshirt senior linebacker Keyshawn Bierria: 0:52

UW redshirt senior linebacker Keyshawn Bierria: "I do feel like the old man out here"

UW defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski: 1:09

UW defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski: "Everything they are doing is about making themselves the best player."

Gregg Bell on Seahawks' O-line, Tramaine Brock's path to Seahawks camp, more 6:29

Gregg Bell on Seahawks' O-line, Tramaine Brock's path to Seahawks camp, more

Frank Clark on what he learned after punching Seahawks teammate Germain Ifedi 4:09

Frank Clark on what he learned after punching Seahawks teammate Germain Ifedi