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Yakima County employees seek pay increase

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YAKIMA, Wash -- Yakima County employees are asking for an across the board pay increase of four percent and an increase to their healthcare benefits. But the county is refusing.

Since 1999,  Yakima County has calculated employee pay by a market driven data survey. County employees say the survey data is faulty and shouldn't be used.

"When they sent it out to all the different companies, " Tom Barrington of the Washington State Council of County and City Employees, "they got about half the information back on the positions that they sent out for."

The county is sticking to the survey method. Both groups are talking with mediator, but employees are protesting during their lunch and before and after work.