Leader of the union ver.di Frank Bsirske and German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich, from left, brief the media in Potsdam, Germany Saturday, March 31, 2012, after marathon talks that followed ... more 
Leader of the union ver.di Frank Bsirske and German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich, from left, brief the media in Potsdam, Germany Saturday, March 31, 2012, after marathon talks that followed a series of walkouts in recent weeks. Some 2 million German public-sector employees are to get a pay rise totaling 6.3 percent over two years. The hard-fought agreement banishes the ver.di union's threat to ballot members on an all-out strike. (AP Photo/dapd, Theo Heimann) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By dapd, Theo Heimann
Sat, Mar 31, 2012 7:44 AM EDT