Attorneys and support staff for the Minnesota Board of Public Defense ratified major collective bargaining agreements with sizeable economic gains.
After nearly forty hours and over the course of four days, the labor agreements were hammered out through negotiations between Teamsters Local 320 and the Board of Public Defense.
The vote totals for the attorneys are 179 to ratify and 35 to reject. The vote totals for the support staff are 88 to ratify and 7 to reject.
The Board of Public Defense made a commitment to its employees last fall with its legislative budget request. The 2020-2021 budget request was summed up in two words: maintenance and stability.
“Though the budget request and subsequent agreement do not fully reach our goal of parity with other public law firms, we did make substantial gains with rewarding and retaining seasoned employees,” says Brian Aldes, Teamsters Local 320 Secretary Treasurer and Chief Negotiator. “This agreement provides future economic security for attorneys and support staff at the Board of Public Defense.”
An Investigator with the Board of Public Defense from Anoka observed the ballot count for both agreements,
“This was a great turnout for members who voted and participated,” says Jill Nitke. “I’m so happy the agreements were ratified with such broad support.”