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Governor Kitzhaber Issues Statement on Tentative Agreement with AFSCME


Location: Salem, OR

Governor Kitzhaber issued the following statement after a tentative agreement was reached with AFSCME:

"Today's agreement with AFSCME shows that through collective bargaining, we were able to be fair to our public employees while working within a balanced budget," said Governor Kitzhaber. "This agreement represents a responsible set of trade-offs for both sides that positions Oregon for a better financial future. In particular, I want to recognize the leadership of AFSCME in addressing health care costs, both through this agreement and through innovation in health management. I believe this is a fair deal for taxpayers and public employees, and I hope to reach equally fair deals with the unions that are still at the bargaining table. These are tough times, and, together we will make it through them."

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