Gov. Murphy reaches $34M deal with New Jersey public worker union

Associated Press
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says he's reached a four-year $34 million labor agreement with a public worker union.
Murphy announced the deal with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Thursday in a statement.
It's the second public worker deal the Democratic governor has announced since taking over from Republican Chris Christie in January.
The deal covers 2015-2019 and includes two 2 percent across-the-board raises for the roughly 6,500 workers.
Murphy reached a roughly $150 million deal with the biggest state workers union this year. That agreement with the roughly 35,000 workers of the Communication Workers of America also included two 2 percent raises.
Murphy called the latest agreement "responsible and fair."
The labor group's executive director, Steve Tully, said it's fair for workers and the public.
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