Ballots counted this morning show that AFSCME members have overwhelmingly ratified a two-year contract with the State of Minnesota, with 89 percent voting in favor of the agreement. The deal keeps health insurance affordable and it includes a 2 percent wage increase effective January 2, 2013, plus step increases both years. Now that union members have accepted the agreement, it must be approved or rejected by the legislative Subcommittee on Employee Relations, which is co-chaired by Senator Mike Parry (R-Waseca) and Representative Steve Drazkowski (R-Mazeppa). Please call your state representative and state senator today. Ask them to urge the Subcommittee on Employee Relations to approve this fair contract for hardworking state employees. To get your legislators’ number, call 651-296-2146 during business hours or visit the district finder.
Once approved by the legislature, the contract will cover more than 16,000 state employees in unit 2 (craft), unit 3 (service), unit 4 (health care), unit 6 (clerical) and unit 7 (technical). Unit 8 (corrections) and unit 25 (radio communications) continue to negotiate separate agreements.