The state’s largest state employee union and the state have come to a tentative deal on a new contract. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the state came to an agreement Thursday morning. AFSME spokesman Anders Lindall says details of the three-year agreement won’t be released until members have had a chance to review the deal.
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“Once our members have had a chance to review the tentative agreement and to vote, all of the details we’ll be happy to discuss those publicly,” Lindall said. “For now we’re just very pleased to have been able to reach an agreement that protects state employees’ standard of living even in these challenging economic times.”
Negotiations have been ongoing for 15 months. AFSME had told members to prepare for a strike if negotiations failed this week. Issues of contention have been the length of time for pay freezes and health care costs.