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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Minn. lawmakers examine new state worker contracts

  • Two-year union contracts providing Minnesota state workers three percent annual raises are up for review by a panel of legislators.
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  • 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.

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