Gregoire calls it a hiring freeze - hiring 1700 more state employees. Not all are union members.
After all, you have to keep hiring during a Gregoire hiring freeze.
... The paperwork piles up so quickly, officials justified another hiring exemption just to process the forms. That exemption - one of 39 for the governor and her budget office - allowed OFM to change Duane's position. In her new job, she spends about half her time processing freeze exemptions.