AUGUSTA — A Maine union that represents thousands of public workers says its members firmly approved a new contract with the state.

Maine Public reports the Maine State Employees Association’s contract would be in place for two years. The union represents more than 10,000 workers in the state’s executive branch.

Union president Ramona Welton says one of the big incentives to approve the contract was 14 days of paid family leave for the birth or adoption of a child. The contract will give workers a 3% raise on Sept. 1 and at least a 4% raise in December 2020.

Lawmakers approved funding for the new contract in June.

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