SER Rejects State Employee Contracts



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Today the Subcommittee on Employee Relations (SER) recommended that the full Minnesota Legislature reject new two-year contracts that would cover nearly 30,000 state workers represented by AFSCME Council 5 and MAPE.  It was a 6-4 party line vote with Republicans voting to reject the contract.

"State employees negotiated a fair return on their work," says Eliot Seide, executive director of AFSCME Council 5, the union which represents 15,504 workers harmed by the decision.  "Under this new contract, we should receive a 2 percent raise this year and 2.25 percent next year.  Our wages and benefits are in line with the private sector.  It's a fair deal for state workers and Minnesota taxpayers."

"We're tired of being pawns in a political game where Republicans think they can score points by beating up on hardworking people.  They reject our contracts while they approve massive tax breaks for corporations and their wealthy cronies.  Shame on them."

State employees in AFSCME's multi-unit will continue working under the terms of their current contract.

SER has not acted on a separate contract that would cover 2,000 AFSCME corrections staff who work in state prisons.