The Free Press, Mankato, MN

September 20, 2013

Minn. lawmakers examine new state worker contracts

The Mankato Free Press

---- — ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Two-year union contracts providing Minnesota state workers three percent annual raises are up for review by a panel of legislators.

The Subcommittee on Employee Relations is deciding whether to ratify the deals, which would put them into force pending a vote by the full Legislature next year. A portion of the raises and some other provisions are retroactive to July 1.

Rank-and-file workers in two unions have already voted to approve the agreements, which also require workers to pick up a slice of their health care costs beginning in 2015. Currently those with employee-only insurance plans have their full premium covered by the state.

The main unions covered by the contracts are the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 5 and the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees.