Labor pacts covering 38,000 state workers have won approval from the Minnesota Senate.
Senators voted 43-22 on Monday to formally adopt contracts that have been in place since late last year. The two-year agreements contain annual raises of three percent or more, which some lawmakers say helps make up for years of mostly stagnant pay.
The contracts cover a large number of teachers at both Winona State University and Minnesota State College--Southeast Technical.
Senator David Metzen's bill covered eight union agreements and three managerial compensation plans.
A House vote hasn't been held yet, but no one is forecasting trouble in the Democratic-led chamber.
The Senate vote was bipartisan. But Republican Sen. Michelle Benson said the Legislature was wrong to adopt the government pay raises before a tax-cut plan for a range of Minnesota taxpayers and businesses. That plan is pending.