HELENA, Mont. -

State employee unions say they have reached a deal with the governor's office for across-the-board pay increase for state employees.
    
The Montana Public Employees Association says upon ratification, employees will get a 3 percent race starting in July and another 5 percent raise in November 2014.
    
Union executive director Quinton Nyman says they tried to get the largest raises possible as soon as they could with the money allotted by the Legislature.
    
Lawmakers rejected an original deal calling for pay raises of 5 percent each of the next two years and gave Gov. Steve Bullock a smaller amount of money to divvy up.
    
The unions say that most employees have not had a pay raise since 2008.
    
Wednesday's deal also freezes health insurance premium costs for state employees in 2014.