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Wash. state employee union negotiations continue

Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:46 AM ET

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Washington state is still negotiating with state workers on health benefits and associated costs.

Even though a Monday deadline has passed, talks are still continuing. If the coalition of unions and the state reach a deal, the Legislature could approve the extension of the agreement date. If no agreement is reached at all, the provisions of the existing contract continue for the next year.

A tentative agreement has already been reached on a separate economic contract with most of the unions, who have either ratified a plan to restore recent pay cuts or are currently in arbitration.