Senate still must pass contracts
Contact your senator immediately
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While the House has passed MAPE’s 2019-2021 contract, the Minnesota Senate still must ratify the contract by midnight on Sunday and we need your help in persuading legislators to do this. Please call your senator immediately to ask for support of our contract, HF 2768/ SF 4605. Please click here to find out how to contact your State Senator.
Now is not the time to play political games with livelihoods of state workers who are doing so much to keep Minnesotans safe and government running during this global pandemic.
Last night the Senate Finance Committee met to discuss the contracts and focused on two questions: (1) how much will it cost to ratify the contracts and (2) can the terms and conditions of the contract be amended by the Legislature.
The cost of the contract
For most of the 2019-2021 contract plans, pay raises were 2.25 percent in the first year and 2.5 percent in the second year. The modest contracts were negotiated last year and included within the biennial budget appropriations made in 2019, and therefore are paid for.
The total cost of the contract to the general fund for the remainder of the biennium is $94 million. If the contracts are not ratified, the State still has to pay $36 million for compensation from the general fund. This leaves $58 million of the contract costs coming from the general fund and does not include an additional $29 million dollars that the state would have to pay in increased health care costs for which employees are currently responsible under the contracts.
In other words, asking state workers to take a pay cut is not an effective way to balance the budget especially when compared to Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) pro-actively implemented a hiring freeze and cut executive pay. The hiring freeze is estimated to reduce the workforce through attrition by roughly 4,500 to 5,000 employees, saving $100 million.
Contract altered by the Legislature
There has been talk that the Senate may attempt to amend the terms and conditions of our contract. The two-year contract is a legal document between our employer and our members regarding the terms and conditions of employment. The responsibility of the Legislature is to ratify the contracts, which is a simple up or down vote. The legislature does not have the authority to change, alter or amend any part of these agreements.
It is critical you contact your State Senator immediately and tell them to support state employees in their districts and across the state who continue to provide important services to Minnesotans during this critical time.