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      Michigan state employees await labor contract

      State employees are awaiting a decision on what their next labor contract will look like.

      The Michigan Civil Service Commission is scheduled to meet Wednesday morning in Lansing to decide whether to accept wage increases and health benefits recommended by an impasse panel.

      Unions representing state workers have held rallies in recent days to protest the impasse panel's recommendations, which came after unions and Gov. Rick Snyder's administration couldn't agree on wages and health benefits. The impasse panel recommended a 2 percent wage hike along with 0.5 percent lump sum payment in 2014 and a 2 percent pay increase in 2015.

      It also called for moving all employees into a single health plan and raising co-pays, deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums.

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