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UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada shakes hands with Janine Winters, director of the Office of the State Employer, in a symbolic start to contract negotiations between the state of Michigan and the UAW in Lansing. The talks come amid tension between organized labor and Snyder over his signing of a right-to-work law. (AP Photo/The State Journal, Dave Wasinger )

Big Minnesota state workers union ratifies contract

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Two labor unions representing thousands of Minnesota state employees have ratified new contracts that include across-the-board raises but higher health insurance contributions from workers.

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The Minnesota Association of Professional Employees announced Monday that 97 percent of members who voted wanted the deal ratified. MAPE represents nearly 13,000 workers.

A spokeswoman for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 5 says its members have ratified a contract with similar terms. That deal covers more than 17,000 employees. Details of the vote weren't released.

The agreements call for 3 percent raises in each year of the two-year contract. Employees will have to contribute more toward their insurance depending on their policies.

The deals must still get legislative signoff, with initial action expected within the next month.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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