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Negotiators for the state of Oregon have now reached tentative labor agreements with both of the state's largest unions.

Union members have yet to ratify either contract.

The Statesman Journal reports that the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees reached a tentative contract with state negotiators late last week that would cover about half of its six-thousand members statewide.

That came about 24 hours after a deal was struck with the Service Employees International Union.

General provisions of both two-year contracts are similar and include a 1.5 percent cost of living adjustment this year, and the continuance of a five percent employee share of health insurance premiums.

Both contracts also call for an end to unpaid furlough days.

About 3,000 union members who work in corrections are still negotiating their contract with the state.

The corrections officers are eligible for binding arbitration. They are among the public employees who are barred by law from striking.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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