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Unity Break

Local workers from the state Department of Social and Health Services stood and chanted outside their offices at the Elliott Building just after noon on Wednesday. The 17 workers were participating in a statewide “Unity Break” to pressure state legislators to end the gridlocked discussion of a 4.8-percent salary raise for state employees. The Washington Federation of State Employees coordinated the protests, which saw participation around the state. The workers are also concerned about the possibility of reductions in insurance coverage.

County OKs early retirements

The County Commissioners approved four voluntary retirement agreements on Monday in moves designed to relieve some of the stress on the county’s general fund. Two of the employees worked in departments covered by the general fund.