Report: Tentative deal reached on pay raises, $12 minimum wage for state employees

OLYMPIA -- Most Washington state workers would receive roughly 6 percent in pay raises over two years under a tentative agreement reached Tuesday between state officials and union leaders, The Olympian reported.

The newspaper said the proposed labor contract would also establish a $12 minimum wage for about 30,000 general government workers, the largest segment of state employees, Welch said.

Welch announced the tentative deal to union members in an email at about 5:45 p.m. Tuesday. Union members still must ratify the contract by Oct. 1, he told the Olympian.