Tentative Agreement Reached on AFSCME State Employee's Contract

By KBJR News 1

Tentative Agreement Reached on AFSCME State Employee's Contract

July 1, 2013 Updated Jul 1, 2013 at 11:02 AM CST

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- AFSCME has reached a tentative contract agreement for union state employees in Minnesota.

The proposal includes 3% raises for each of the next two years and would require state employees to pay more for their health insurance.

“Bargaining involves give and take between labor and management,” said Jo Pels, chief negotiator for AFSCME Council 5. “The employer didn’t get everything it wanted – and the union didn’t get everything we wanted. This is a fair agreement for hardworking state employees and the citizens of Minnesota. Our negotiating team unanimously recommends support.”

The AFSCME contract for 2013-15 would cover 17,000 craft, service, health care, clerical, and technical workers. There are two separate contracts for AFSCME correctional officers and radio communications operators.

The current union contract expired Sunday, June 30. The new contract will not be ratified until union members vote on the tentative agreement within the next six weeks.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns
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