Approval of MAPE's contract and the negotiations process itself could become more difficult in a state Senate bill. The bill imposes legislative limits on employee compensation and benefits. Senate File (SF) 605 also cuts more than 200 jobs, placing a hardship on current employees to continue doing more with less. Cuts to agencies range from 4 to 7.5 percent, including:
State Auditor, 7.5 percent; Secretary of State, 7.5 percent; MnIT, 30 FTEs cut; Admin, 7.5 percent; Minnesota Management and Budget - 7.5 percent; Revenue, 4-5 percent; Arts Board, 5 percent; Accountancy board, 5 percent; Architecture and Engineering board, 5 percent, and Cosmetology board, 5 percent.
SF 605 changes the approval process when MAPE's negotiated contract goes to the Subcommittee on Employee Relations (SER) for interim approval. If there is a tie vote of the SER on our contract or the chair doesn't call a meeting, our negotiated contract does not go into effect.
The bill also requires the Legislature to impose biennial limits to employee compensation and benefits. This could create a disincentive to settle a contract, negotiate at all or bargain in good faith.
The summary of the bill is here: