COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's largest state employee union reached a tentative deal with state officials on Wednesday to extend its current contract until 2015, the first bargaining agreement following the defeat of the state's contentious union law.

Leaders in the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association credited last week's voter repeal of the collective bargaining restrictions with allowing them to better negotiate their contract.

The deal was struck more than three months before the current contract is scheduled to expire. The union's president called the extension unprecedented.

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