Contract Ratification Update • April 11, 2016
The 2015-2017 IFO/MnSCU contract agreement has been moving through the legislative process. SF2626, the labor agreements ratification bill (contract bill) was introduced by Sen. Jim Metzen (DFL-South St. Paul) as part of a complete package of all state employee contracts, including the IFO. So far, the contract bill has passed out of the Senate State and Local Government Committee and was sent to the full Senate Finance Committee. Senate Finance is the last stop before it heads to the Senate floor for a vote by the full body. We remain fully confident the Senate will approve our contract, and we are working diligently to ensure we gain bipartisan support for the contract in the Senate.
In the House things are slightly more complicated. HF3255, authored by Rep. Jim Knoblach (R-St. Cloud), includes the IFO contract, and the contracts of our colleagues from Minnesota State College Faculty (MSCF) and Minnesota State University Association of Administrative and Service Faculty (MSUAASF). HF3255 passed out of the House Government Operations Committee on March 30. We remain hopeful our contract will be passed by the full House.
Various authors are introducing other state labor agreements, and one in particular includes an all-out assault on public employee unions.
Rep. Steve Drazkowski introduced a bill (HF3585), which repeals the authority of public sector unions to collect fair share fees. The bill mirrors the anti-worker motives behind the Supreme Court case Friedrichs v. CTA, which was recently defeated at the U.S. Supreme Court. The bill goes further by restricting AFSCME, MAPE, and other state employee unions to negotiate and salary increases after the contract expires, and forbids retroactive wage or salary increases. It also limits compensation for unused vacation time for AFSCME and MAPE members. This bill is a direct attack on state workers’ right to have a voice on the job and collectively bargain so they can continue to provide quality services to the public.
We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in AFSCME and MAPE, and will work to defeat this poison pill.
Read the full contract here.
1. Terms of Settlement
Click on the links below to view the 2015-2017 contract settlement documents.
2. Contract Ratification Schedule
The IFO Board voted to recommend contract ratification on September 18, 2015.
Joint Legislative Subcommittee on Employee Relations approved the contract on October 29, 2015.