From The Associated Press:
Members of Council 94 voted 1,757 to 1,264 to approve the cost-cutting agreement, which is meant to help close a $68 million budget shortfall brought on in part by one of the worst recessions since the Great Depression. The ballots were cast last week and counted at the union's headquarters Tuesday afternoon.
A majority of the state's roughly 15,400 workers are now making the financial concessions accepted by Council 94. Securing the union's approval was critical for Mr. Carcieri because it represents about 4,000 workers and typically takes the lead in negotiations with the state.† Read more.