LePage, MSEA reach tentative 2-year deal

9:14 PM, Jul 3, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Gov. Paul LePage and the union representing state works have reached a tentative two-year contract agreement after more than 2 years of negotiations.

The agreement with the Maine State Employees Association was announced Wednesday night.

Union general counsel Timothy Belcher says the agreement includes modest raises. He declined to discuss the particulars before providing details to the union rank-and-file.

LePage's office says the agreement eliminates excessive provisions that cost taxpayers money and includes job security provisions for workers who don't want to pay union fees.

Belcher called the agreement fair, with both sides getting something.

The MSEA membership must still ratify the deal. The new contract would be effective through June 30, 2015.

The union represents more than 15,000 public- and private-sector workers.


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