Minnesota Unions Approve Contract, Raises for State Workers

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Members of Minnesota’s two massive public employee unions have ratified a new, two-year contract for the state’s 30,000-plus workers.

Minnesota Public Radio News reports that the contracts for the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees and AFSCME Council 5 call for a 2-percent raise this year and a 2.5-percent raise in 2018. The results of the vote were announced Tuesday after a union election that began in early August.

AFSCME Council 5 Executive Director Eliot Seide calls it a fair contract with modest raises, but they require legislative approval.

Rep. Steve Drazkowski is a member of a key subcommittee that approves union contracts. The Mazeppa Republican says he’s concerned about whether the state can afford to cover the raises.

The contract also includes six-week paid parental leave.

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