ST. PAUL, MN – On Tuesday, Governor Mark Dayton signed into law a bill to ratify state employee union contracts and compensation plans. The legislation ratified the negotiated agreements between the state of Minnesota and the following unions: AFSCME Council 5, MAPE, AFSCME Unit 8 and Unit 225, Middle Management Association, Minnesota Government Engineering Council, Inter Faculty Organization, and the Minnesota Nurses Association. The bill also increases salary and benefit obligations by 3.39 percent in the current biennium and by 4.74 percent in the next biennium. Following the Governor’s approval, Rep. Ron Kresha (R-Little Falls) released the following statement:
“I am happy to see the Governor signing into law the contracts of over 30,000 hard-working state employees who make invaluable contributions to our state on a daily basis. Staffing our correctional facilities, plowing our streets, and providing care to sick people, are just a few of the many important services these individuals provide. I was pleased to join colleagues from both parties to vote in favor of this bill and state employees’ contracts on the House floor on Monday.”
The bill was first passed Monday by the Minnesota Senate on a 56-10 vote, and later passed 93-33 by the House of Representatives.