On Monday, the state announced that it has reached a tentative contract agreement with the union that represents state prison guards. The agreement comes after nine years without a contract and it resolves issues dating to 2009. Members still must ratify the deal for it to take effect.

The contract is similar to the deal struck with other major unions — three years without raises followed by 2 percent annual increases for the final two years.  It also calls for an increase of 6 percentage points in the share of health insurance premiums paid by union members.  There are also limited layoff protections.