Rhode Island’s largest state employee union, Council 94 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, has ratified a three-year contract with Gov. Gina Raimond's Administration that provides pay raises of 7.5 percent over the life of the agreement.
J. Michael Downey, president of Council 94, said the final vote was an overwhelming 1,624 to 439. The raises area retroactive to January, 2018, he said.
The union represents almost 4,000 state workers. The contract also calls for changes in health insurance benefits that are expected to save money.