Contract approved by Legislature
MAPE’s contract, along with 13 other agreements and plans, sailed through both the state House and Senate Monday. The "clean" contract bill was signed into law Tuesday, according to a press release from the Governor's Office.
Answers to questions are now posted here: Answers to questions 2017-19 contract
Gov. Mark Dayton released a statement late Monday afternoon praising the passage of the contract bill. "I thank the Minnesota House of Representatives for joining their colleagues in the Minnesota Senate to approve modest wage increases for more than 30,000 hard-working state employees and their families," the governor said.
In the photo on the right, Secretary of State Steve Simon signs the state employee contract bill after Gov. Dayton.
MAPE's 2017-19 proposed contract calls for a 2 percent cost-of-living increase retroactive to July 1, 2017, and a 2.25 percent wage increase on July 1, 2018. Step increases are included each year for those who are eligible. MAPE's contract also includes up to six weeks of paid parental leave following the birth or adoption of a child for eligible state employees. The proposed agreement also includes lower-than-expected health-care costs and an improved dental program.
The Senate approved the bipartisan contract bill, Senate File (SF) 3154, authored by Sen. Jeremy Miller (R-Winona), 56-10 Monday morning. The “clean” contract bill approves MAPE’s and AFSCME’s contracts, and additional bargaining agreements and plans.
The House passed SF 3154 by a 93-33 vote Monday afternoon. The approval came swiftly after the House passed a motion to bring the contracts to the House floor for immediate consideration.
The Senate approved the bipartisan pension reform bill, SF 2620, authored by Julie Rosen (R-Vernon Center), by a whopping 66-0. The bill makes several changes to pensions to ensure long-term solvency.
Bipartisan comments from senators on the pension reform bill praised the three years of hard work and “shared sacrifice” designed in the bill to ensure the long-term solvency of the state pensions.
The pension reform bill went to the House for consideration.
For more information, go here: MAPE’s 2017-19 contract