October 5, 2017
St. Paul, MN- This morning the Joint Subcommittee on Employee Relations (JSER) voted down both the AFSCME and MAPE labor contracts with the state executive branch. It was a highly partisan committee meeting with all GOP representatives voting against the contracts whereas all the DFL representatives voted to pass the contracts.
Senator Michele Benson (R-Ham Lake, MN) proposed a resolution that was highly critical of the current negotiations process and it states: “Only employees whose performance is evaluated to exceed expectations should receive step increases.” Please refer to the attached document for the entire resolution.
“What we’re seeing from the State Legislature is a complete and utter assault on free collective bargaining,” says Brian Aldes, Secretary Treasurer and principal officer of Teamsters Local 320. “I advise all Minnesota public employees to take notice because what happens at the state level always seems to trickle down to the local level in one way or another.”
Teamsters Local 320 President, Sami Gabriel, was present at today’s hearing and is extremely troubled by the Committee’s rejection of the contracts.
“Local 320’s MSUAASF bargaining unit at the Minnesota State system must also pass their labor contract through the JSER Committee,” says Gabriel. “With the hyper partisan atmosphere on the Committee and Senator Benson’s resolution, I have become skeptical that we can pass any labor contract through the JSER process.”
State employees who work for the Board of Public Defense, State Court Administration, and the University of Minnesota are not subject to the JSER process.
Secretary Treasurer Aldes sums up the current political climate with a question to all Minnesota Teamsters:
“Next November union members and public employees in the State of Minnesota will have a choice to make – do we value our freedom to join with co-workers and negotiate a fair return on our work, or do we continue to lose our freedoms at the hands of anti-union politicians?”
According to Aldes the answer has never been clearer.
JSER RES 1052017.pdf