Members rally for contract
More than 125 MAPE members trekked to Bloomington last night to support MAPE’s Push Week rally. MAPE and Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) negotiators are making the final “push” to finalize our 2019-2021 contract.
“Members came from all over the state; the excitement was amazing and really showed how engaged members are and that they understand what we win at the table is what members are willing to act on,” Negotiations Committee Co-chair Lynn Butcher said.
Four members spoke with negotiators and MMB Commissioner Myron Frans spoke with the group about issues important to MAPE. Local 1703’s Annette Sobek spoke about the importance of competitive wages and affordable health care, Local 2101’s Whitney Terrill addressed the need for professional development credits, Local 901’s Erin Kough spoke about the importance of bereavement leave and Local 201’s Kassie Church addressed issues facing temporary unclassified workers.
“Our member stories were so passionate and genuine and really helped to put faces on the issues we care about and showed the governor’s team that we are not merely line items on budgets,” Butcher added.
Commissioner Frans outlined budget challenges facing the state and admitted state employee compensation “is not where we would like it to be.” but emphasized the importance of retaining quality state workers, “We want people to have good careers and be happy because those folks who feel that they have a career and they have opportunities, good training, good supervisors and a good workforce to work with provide great service.”
Negotiations Committee Co-chair Maggie Dreon noted that this is the earliest date the MMB commissioner has participated in Push Week negotiations. “It was incredibly valuable for our members to see Commissioner Frans engage in this process. It shows his commitment and the governor’s commitment to this process and the importance of the issues for state workers.”
“The enthusiasm of our members gave a much-needed boost of energy to the negotiations team,” Dreon added.
From right to left pictured below:
- Local 2101’s Whitney Terrill addressed the need for professional development credits.
- Local 901’s Erin Kough spoke about the importance of bereavement leave.
- Local 1703’s Annette Sobek spoke about the importance of competitive wages and affordable health care.
- Local 201’s Kassie Church addressed issues facing temporary unclassified workers.
- MMB Commissioner Myron Frans addressed negotiators and MAPE member at contract rally in Bloomington.