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NY gov, union agree on tentative SUNY contract

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- The Cuomo administration and the union representing more than 35,000 employees of the State University of New York say they have a tentative contract agreement.

The United University Professions members have been without a contract since 2011 and have not yet voted on ratifying the new proposal.

It contains no wage increases for the three years 2011-2013, and 2 percent raises in 2014 and 2015. It also increases health insurance premiums.

The contract announced Tuesday covers employees on 29 university campuses, both academic and professional staff, and three public hospitals.

The American Arbitration Association plans to conduct a ratification vote by mail this spring.