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Wed March 27, 2013

Costs said to hamper staffing fixes aboard Washington ferries

Washington ferries sial with the minimum required crew, leaving them no wiggle room to deal with staffing shortages.
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Washington ferry officials blame budget cuts and new rules for Monday’s cancelations, but workers say that kind of disruption could be avoided.

It didn't take much: A crew member called in sick around midnight. A captain took a vacation but still wound up on the schedule. Those routine staffing hiccups resulted in four canceled ferry runs Monday, stranding hundreds of passengers. 

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