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Decision On Contract For Mich. Employees Postponed

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS/AP) - The Michigan Civil Service Commission has postponed a decision on whether to impose higher health care costs on tens of thousands of Michigan government workers.

The commission met Wednesday in Lansing to consider whether to accept wage increases and health benefit terms that an impasse panel had recommended.

State employee unions took to the picket line in Lansing Tuesday and Wednesday to protest the proposal.

The impasse panel's recommendations came after unions and Gov. Rick Snyder's administration disagreed on wages and health benefits.

The panel recommended a 2 percent wage increase and a 0.5 percent lump sum payment in 2014 and a 2 percent pay increase in 2015.

It also would raise co-pays, deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums for health care.

"Why are you shifting costs to workers when you have not looked at ways to cut costs as in the way health care is delivered," said Cindy Estrada, the U.A.W. vice president.

"People have different perspectives. They want more. My interest is really getting this resolved because I want to have a good working relationship and move forward and get better service to all the citizens of Michigan. We're looking for a balance of paying people more and also getting some reforms," said Gov. Snyder.

Roughly 70 percent of Michigan's 47,000 employees are unionized.

The commission is expected to meet on January 15 to see if the renew talks produced a different result.

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