Ore. state workers to vote on union contract

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Tens of thousands of workers represented by Oregon's top two state employees' unions are preparing to vote this month on a proposed union contract for the 2011-13 biennium.

The Statesman Journal reports (http://bit.ly/nZMp5v ) that an analysis of the deals finds the contracts would protect workers' current pay levels, as officials from SEIU Local 503 and AFSCME Council 75 have promised.

However, the newspaper says it is unlikely any state employees will end the biennium on a vastly improved financial footing.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com