The Corbett administration is emphasizing what the commonwealth will save if the tentative labor contract agreements with Pennsylvania’s two largest public worker unions are finalized.
The deals are with the Pennsylvania chapters of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees and the Service Employees International Union.
Kelly Powers Logan is with the Office of Administration, which led contract negotiations. She says the deals represent the lowest pay increases for union workers in the past decade.
"Where we ended up at the end of the day is a contract that really is a very successful contract and fits within the demands of the governor’s budget."
But when you compare the deal with current labor contracts with those unions, Pennsylvania would save about 114 million dollars, but those savings would end in years three and four of the contract, where there would be a net increase in spending of about 278 million dollars.
Current terms set a one-year wage freeze, and a four percent wage increase over the remaining three years left in the contract.
Logan says the remaining 15 public employee unions will likely follow the lead of AFSCME and SEIU and agree on similar contract terms.
Current contracts end on June 30th.