Vt. state workers, governor agree on contracts

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Posted: Dec 09, 2011 2:51 PM
Vt. state workers, governor agree on contracts

Vermont state employees and the governor have reached a tentative agreement on new labor contracts.

Under the two-year deals, state employees will get a 2 percent pay increase in 2012 and in 2013. The governor's office say a 3 percent wage cut taken by the workers for the 2011 to 2012 fiscal years will be restored at the end of June 2012.

Gov. Peter Shumlin said Friday that the contracts provide a modest increase for state employees but also reflect the fiscal constraints facing Vermont taxpayers and the state.

Vermont State Employees Association President John Reese said the agreements are fair and said for the first time in decades, VSEA bargaining units were able to reach a tentative agreement without having to resort to a mediator or fact-finder.