Washington Federation of State Employees Washington State Employees Negotiate First Pay Raises In 6 Years By Austin Jenkins • Sep 19, 2014 Washington state employees have not had a cost-of-living raise in six years. But that could change in the next budget cycle. A tentative contract deal has been struck between the state and the union representing general government workers. State workers union ads regarding more violence at Western State Hospital deemed 'mostly false' By Bellamy Pailthorp • Feb 18, 2011 A new TV ad created by the Washington Federation of state Employees claims that violence has increased at Western State Hospital – because of budget cuts by the state. The Seattle Times "Truthneedle" picked that ad apart and says it's misleading and "mostly false."