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April 20, 2017

State workers rally for new contracts

OLYMPIA (AP) — Thousands of public employees held rallies throughout the state urging Washington lawmakers to approve new labor contracts for state workers.

The negotiated contracts, which would cost an estimated $500 million during the state's 2017-19 budget cycle, would award most Washington state workers cost-of-living raises of about 6 percent over the next two years, along with targeted salary increases for some positions that are hard to fill, the News Tribune reported Wednesday.

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