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County wants unions to talk wage freeze

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Grappling with a tight budget plan, Washington County wants some employee unions to reconsider pay increases guaranteed by contract.

The county is asking four unions with contracts in place through next year to reopen those contracts so wages can be renegotiated.

The goal, some officials said, is for those unions to erase a planned 3 percent raise and to get other unions that soon will negotiate new contracts also to accept a wage freeze.

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