OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Gov. Jay Inslee's labor team will be spending the summer negotiating with more than 25 unions that represent state employees.
The governor has already put forward the idea that state workers deserve a modest raise.
Union leaders were already planning on asking for more money. They cite a 2014 consultant's report that says 81 percent of Washington state employees earn less than their counterparts outside of state government.
The Olympian reports the pay report issued in April found that two-thirds of state workers' pay is within 25 percent of competitors but in certain job categories, such as auditors at the Department of Revenue, pay is 45 percent behind.
Contracts are supposed to be completed and ratified by Oct. 1, which is the deadline for putting in spending requests for Inslee's next two-year budget.