Smaller New Hampshire employee union has ratified new 2-year contract agreement
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - One of New Hampshire's smaller state employee unions has ratified a new two-year contract agreement.
Gov. Maggie Hassan announced Tuesday that Teamsters Local 633, which represents more than 300 Department of Corrections' employees, had ratified the agreement that provides workers with their first pay increase in five years.
The state negotiated tentative agreements with four unions, but the largest union - the State Employees' Association - rejected the deal and went back to the bargaining table.
The agreements call for wages to rise 1.5 percent effective July 1; 2.25 percent on July 1, 2014; and 2.25 percent on Jan. 1, 2015. Workers will pay an annual health insurance deductible they can avoid by going to selected sites for lab work and other services.