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DEAN RUTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES
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Saturday, June 30, 2007

State employees cashing in on their unions' new clout

"We're in crisis," says Mike Dyer, a nurse at Western State Hospital. "We're losing [nurses] faster than we can recruit them." New contracts signed with public-employee unions try to narrow the gap between state salaries and those paid in the private sector.