CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Members of a labor union representing most of New Hampshire’s 11,000 state workers are being urged by their leaders to ratify a contract agreement reached with the governor’s office last month.

The Collective Bargaining Senate of the State Employees’ Association voted Monday night to recommend that workers approve the contract, which contains no cost of living raises but would give workers a greater say on health care issues. The contract is one of three tentative agreements Democratic Gov. John Lynch announced in July that together would save the state nearly $50 million and avert the need to lay off potentially 500 workers in September.

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