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Tentative NH union deals settled

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- New Hampshire has negotiated tentative contracts with state labor unions.

The state announced the agreements Tuesday night during negotiations over a new state budget. The deal provides workers with their first raises in five years.

Wages will rise 1.5 percent on July 1; 2.25 percent on July 1, 2014; and 2.25 percent on Jan. 1, 2015. For the first time, workers will pay an annual health insurance deductible of $500 for individuals and $750 for families in 2014 rising to $1,000 for families in 2015. Workers aren't charged a deductible for going to selected sites for lab work and other services.

Workers also would contribute to their dental plan.

The package will cost $38 million — a cost yet to be added to the state budget being negotiated.