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Thousands of Arizona state government workers are opting to give up civil-service job protections in exchange for short-term pay increases and the possibility of other gains down the road. Nearly 5,300 workers, or nearly 38 percent of those eligible, voluntarily changed their status to "uncovered" under the state personnel system, state Human Resources Director Kathy Peckardt ...

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