Preparing for next contract negotiations meeting and Button Up Day
The Negotiations Committee gathered yesterday to prepare for its next series of meetings with negotiators from Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) next week.
Right photo: (L-R) MAPE President Chet Jorgenson and Negotiations Committee Co-chairs Maggie Dreon and Lynn Butcher discuss contract proposals.
“We did a deep dive into MMB’s proposals and linked them to our own to find commonality in substance and themes. We began identifying questions MMB may ask us about our proposals and tried to identify the reasoning behind their proposals and questions to ask them,” Negotiations Committee Co-chair Lynn Butcher said.
In addition to prioritizing proposals, the group received a legislative and budget update from MAPE Public Affairs and Communications Director Richard Kolodziejski. He compared the deep differences between the House and Senate budget proposals with the Senate offering deep cuts to most state agencies and many services Minnesotans depend on.
“If the House and governor’s budgets are not supported by taxpayers like us, then the cuts and layoffs included in the Senate proposals will be harder to fight,” MAPE President Chet Jorgenson said.
MAPE will soon be announcing actions and opportunities for members to weigh in on the legislative budgets.
Butcher noted that contract actions and supplemental bargaining are continuing in take place in several agencies.
MAPE and MMB contract negotiators will be back at the bargaining table April 24-26. On April 25, MAPE and AFSCME are hosting a contract Button Up Day. “It is so important to show support for negotiations and show our union-wide support for the contract on April 25. Get buttons or ask your negotiator to spread them around your region,” Jorgenson said.
Take photos when you and your fellow members wear your buttons and post them on Facebook and Twitter with #MAPE contract and #MAPEbuttonup.
“I hope we’re able to help MMB understand how the proposals are designed to make our workplaces more attractive to new employees and retain the ones currently on staff. We are trying to engage them in what the state of Minnesota needs to be doing in the 21st century,” Jorgenson added.