SER will meet 10 a.m. Thursday in room 10 of the State Office Building to consider interim approval of MAPE's and AFSCME Council 5's contracts.
The 30-day clock started ticking on Friday, Sept. 8, when Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) delivered MAPE’s 2017-19 ratified contract to the Legislative Subcommittee on Employee Relations (SER). SER has 30 days from receipt of the contract to meet and make a recommendation on the contract.
The possible outcomes from SER's meeting include:
- SER fails to meet within the 30-day timeframe and MAPE’s contract goes into effect;
- SER recommends to the full Legislature to pass MAPE's contract and our contract goes into effect;
- SER recommends to the Legislature not to approve MAPE's contract, resulting in our contract not going into effect unless the full Legislature passes legislation approving the agreement; or
- SER's vote results in a tie, sending no recommendation to the full Legislature, but MAPE's contract goes into effect.
Regardless of any action by SER, the 2017-19 ratified contract must be approved by the full Legislature in 2018. If MAPE's contract goes into effect before going to the full Legislature, MMB will begin calculating and paying employee pay increases retroactive to July 1, 2017.
Nearly 98 percent of MAPE members voted in August to approve the 2017-19 proposed agreement. The agreement, covering nearly 14,500 employees, includes wage increases of 2 percent the first year and 2.25 percent the second year. Lower-than-expected health care costs and a new pharmacy benefits manager allowed for improved health and dental care programs. Eligible state employees will now be able to take up to six weeks of paid parental leave following the birth or adoption of a child. In addition, advancements were made surrounding professional development and advancement to bring the state’s workforce into the 21st century.