MAPE negotiators developing proposals and planning equity listening sessions and meeting with Governor

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The Negotiations Team is reviewing thousands of contract proposal ideas submitted by MAPE members in preparation for bargaining discussions on MAPE’s 2021-2023 Contract. 

The Negotiations Committee met on Feb. 3-4 and the next meeting is scheduled for Feb. 24. 

“We have a lot of ideas and the writing team is beginning to draft proposals. We have strong processes in place, and we have our arms around what membership is looking for,” Negotiations Co-chair Adam Novotny said. “We’re working on plans to help people because we know folks are hurting, and there are ways to mitigate that contractually.” 

Negotiations Committee Co-chair Carolyn Murphy added, “The team is excited about the progress being made as we go through feedback from the listening sessions and the negotiations survey.”

More than 7,000 members responded to the 2020-2021 survey and hundreds participated in listening sessions across the state. Telework, equity, wages, healthcare and temporary unclassified workers are some of the issues the Negotiations Team is reviewing.  

Employment promotions, vacation accruals, layoffs, information contained in personnel files and other issues were discussed with Kelly Ahern, MAPE contract enforcement business agent.   

State officials are forecasting a $1.27 billion budget shortfall and negotiators received a legislative update from MAPE Public Affairs Coordinator Devin Bruce. Novotny said team members “are taking a preliminary dive into the budget. We’re operating under slim margins and hearing from the Public Affairs coordinator gave us some realistic expectations.”

The team wants to bring accountability to the bargaining table and have asked Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) for data requests involving agency demographics.  

Members have a final chance to share your contract ideas with negotiators by Feb. 15: 

Equity Listening Sessions
Equity has become an important issue to members and the Negotiations Committee. “We’re looking at proposal language through an equity lens. It’s important to understand how language can impact disparity groups,” Murphy said. 

MAPE will hold three statewide listening sessions about equity. “We’re taking an ‘all hands on deck’ approach where we’ll be inviting MAPE’s board of directors, statewide and local presidents and vice presidents, Meet and Confer teams, Organizing Council and its Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee members to listen and engage our members about their thoughts about equity and the State employment system. We hope members will be able to attend one of the three sessions,” Murphy added. 
The virtual meetings be hosted by Negotiations Committee Co-chairs Novotney and Murphy, President Megan Dayton and Executive Director Lina Jamoul. The meetings will be held via Zoom and you may register here

  • Tue., Feb. 16, 5-6 p.m.
  • Thurs., Feb. 25, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Tue., Mar. 2, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Upcoming meeting with the Governor

MAPE members always step up for Minnesota. MAPE leaders are planning a member meeting with Gov. Walz, Lt. Gov. Flanagan and their teams in the next few weeks to discuss ways state employees can continue to be key to helping our state and residents move from COVID-19 relief to recovery. This meeting will also include discussions around the budget and resources needed to best serve Minnesotans. Hundreds of members have expressed interest in participating in the virtual meeting – and we’d also like to see you there! We will have more information to share soon. 

If you’d like to attend the Governor’s Action, reach out to your negotiations representative.