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RI State unions reach contract deal

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Rhode Island has reached a contract deal with its public employee unions.

Thursday afternoon Governor Lincoln Chafee announced the agreement with council 94 and the coalition of unions, who represents all union state employees outside of the Rhode Island brotherhood of correctional officers and State Police.

The agreement will provide a 4-year contract retroactive to July 1 2013. Union members will receive a 6% wage increase over the next 4-years with a wage opener option in the 4th year of the contract; there hasn't been an increase since 2011. It still has to be approved by the unions.

"I am happy to announce that all parties have come to a successful agreement," said Governor Lincoln D. Chafee. "Government would not function without our valued and talented state employees, and I believe this agreement addresses the value of state employees while simultaneously providing cost savings for the State."

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