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Michigan’s corrections officers approve tentative contract

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The union representing corrections officers in Michigan says its members have approved a tentative contract that includes a one-year agreement on wages and health care.

The Michigan Corrections Organization says vote by mail was 1,314 to 516 and tallied on Monday. The Civil Service Commission, which meets later this month, must approve the contract.

The union says the wage agreement includes a one percent base increase effective Oct. 1, 2016, and a 1.5 percent lump sum payment in October 2016. The health care portion includes additions to the vision and dental plans and dependent life insurance.

A three-year agreement was reached on other contract terms.

The union represents more than 6,500 corrections officers working at state prisons, including those in Ionia County, and forensic security assistants at the Center for Forensic Psychiatry.

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