2019 Legislative Core Priorities
2019 Legislative Core Priorities
- MAPE supports equitable compensation and respectful treatment of all state employees.
- MAPE supports efforts to provide sustainable resources for state government operations.
- MAPE supports a middle-class, family-friendly agenda ensuring equal opportunity for all.
2019 Legislative Positions
MAPE supports equitable compensation and respectful treatment of all state employees.
- We support the right of all workers to organize and bargain collectively.
- We oppose any legislation that modifies or removes agreements made during the collective bargaining process.
- We support the preservation and strengthening of the Public Employees Labor Relations Act (PELRA) and oppose the use of professional employees in unclassified service.
- We believe labor unions should have the same right as other political contributors to participate in the political process.
- We support equitable treatment of employees based on gender, age, color, religion, marital status, race, disability, military/veteran status, sexual orientation, public assistance status, union affiliation, political affiliation, gender identity and expression, parental status and immigration status/national origin.
- We support agency affirmative action goals and programs that effectively expand diversity in the state workforce, as well as professional development training and promotional opportunities for employees.
- We support the establishment of a sick leave pool.
- We support providing pay increases to employees who are paid below their position’s fair market value.
- We support salary supplements for all state agencies.
- We support the right of state employees to run for public office.
- We support only the continuation and improvement of our defined benefit pension plan. We oppose any attempt to switch to a defined contribution retirement plan.
- We support proportional pension plan contribution rate increases and fully funded retirement plans where employees do not pay a greater contribution rate than the employer.
- We oppose the use of state pension funds for any purpose beyond pensions.
- We support efforts to offer early retirement incentives and phased retirement options for state employees.
- We support a continuing budget resolution.
MAPE supports efforts to provide sustainable resources for state government operations.
- We support funding all state agencies, including Minnesota State, at 100 percent cost of operations.
- We support staffing levels that ensure high quality state services.
- We oppose privatization, outsourcing and contracting of state services.
- We support strategic succession planning including funding for employees on leadership, career development and a fee and tuition waiver program for all state employees.
- We support moving towards public options including a single-payer, universal health care system as a way to reduce costs and provide affordable and accessible health care for all.
- We support funding for the maintenance and improvements of our statewide infrastructure for the safety, climate change adaptation and economic growth of our state.
- We support resource conservation measures and other green initiatives including resilience to climate change.
- We support increased funding for improving workplaces that currently jeopardize employee health and safety.
- We support the retention of public data for institutional historical purposes.
- We oppose shifts and gimmicks to solve budget deficits and instead, support sustainable funding options.
- We oppose proposals limiting the ability to raise public revenue.
- We support fair and transparent accounting principles.
- We support a safe and respectful workplace.
MAPE supports a middle-class, family-friendly agenda ensuring equal opportunity for all.
- We support employer provided paid parental and paid family leave for all employees.
- We oppose all proposals making it more difficult to organize and maintain labor unions.
- We support the rights to peaceful assembly.
- We believe all workers have a right to earn a fair and equitable living wage. No employee should be required to work uncompensated hours.
- We support a minimum wage increase, indexed to inflation, until a livable wage is maintained.
- We support efforts to reduce income inequality.
- We support fair and equitable taxation policies and oppose regressive taxes that harm lower and middle income families.
- We support a resolution asking Congress to remove the deadline for ratification by the states of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the United States Constitution.
- We support dedicated staffing for the Office on the Economic Status of Women.
- We support the Impartial Justice Act, ensuring an impartial, fair and accountable judicial system for Minnesota.
- We oppose recognizing corporations as people (e.g. Citizen’s United).
- We support restoring voting rights to Minnesotans living in our community who are ineligible to vote due to felony conviction.
- We believe in advancing health equity through supporting policies that help create the conditions in which all people have the opportunity to attain their highest level of health.