- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Two major Pennsylvania state government employee unions representing about 48,000 workers have agreed to a one-year contract extensions.

Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration on Tuesday outlined its agreement with Council 13 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, state government’s largest union, and the United Food and Commercial Workers, which represents state liquor store employees.

It does not call for a general pay increase or change health care contributions, but it provides an annual step increase of 2.25 percent for all employees with at least a year’s service by January 2016.

State Administration Secretary Sharon Minnich says the agreement is fair and that it will provide certainty about payroll expenses as state budget talks get under way.

Other unions whose contracts expire June 30 are continuing to negotiate.

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