AUGUSTA, Maine — The union that represents state employees ratified a contract with the state, the Maine State Employees Association has reported on its website.
State employees have been working without a contract for more than two years. The new contract, which is effective through June 30, 2015, guarantees raises for employees while making other concessions.
“We were finally able to convince MSEA that there were parts of the expired contract that had to go or be changed,” LePage said in a statement in early July after initially reaching the agreement with union bargainers.
The union says wages for all employees will increase by 1 percent on Sept. 1 and by another 1 percent July 1, 2014. It also reinstates merit increases, including those for workers who had been eligible for a merit increase over the past four years but didn’t get one because of merit pay freezes.
Union members gave up phone allowances and state-paid leave to attend their annual convention.