Every two years, the Legislature must approve employment contracts between the state and public employee unions. The current contracts provide a modest 2% cost-of-living increase for most public employees this year and a 2.25% increase next year. The contracts have undergone an extensive negotiating process, are fair to employees, and are a good deal for Minnesota taxpayers.
The agreements cover employees that work as public health nurses, college professors, and MnDOT engineers across the state, and will help recruit and retain qualified employees to carry out the services Minnesotans expect from state government. The contracts have successfully moved through the committee process and are awaiting passage on the Senate Floor. (S.F. 3154)