The governor’s office and leaders of the largest union representing state workers will keep specifics under-wrap during negotiations for a new contract. The Olympian,
“Union spokesman Tim Welch said he could not publicly identify the issues except to say they included hours of work. Typically the union also bargains for specific language that governs disputes with management and grievances, as well as safety issues for workers in riskier jobs.
“Compensation issues are in the parking lot until more information comes in,’’ Welch added after a partial day’s talks ended mid-afternoon at the Thurston County Fairgrounds in Lacey. The federation represents close to 40,000 workers in government and higher education.”