A newspaper is reporting that tentative agreements would provide employees in Pennsylvania's two largest state government unions with a wage increase of more than 10 percent over the life of the proposed four-year contracts.


 A newspaper is reporting that tentative agreements would provide employees in Pennsylvania's two largest state government unions with a wage increase of more than 10 percent over the life of the proposed four-year contracts.

The Patriot-News of Harrisburg reported Friday that the tentative agreements reached in recent days with the Corbett administration would call for no pay reductions or furlough days, as Gov. Tom Corbett had originally sought. Wages, however, would be frozen in the first year of the contracts.

Health coverage wouldn't change, although employee health insurance contributions would rise from 3 percent of salary in the first three years to 5 percent in the fourth year.

Contracts with 17 state employee unions expire June 30. However, these settlements are traditionally a template for agreements with the smaller unions.


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