After months of negotiations and three full days of bargaining last week, the MMA bargaining team reached a tentative agreement with the State for a two year agreement. Most importantly, the tentative agreement includes 2.5% in wages given on July 1st of each year. MMA was also heavily involved in the Joint Coalition of State unions that began discussions with the State about health insurance this spring. During those meetings the State proposed that the employee’s percentage contributions to premium should increase. However the unions were firm in their belief that there would be no change to the % of employee contributions in premium. As you may know from the AFSCME/MAPE settlements, the unions prevailed and there were no changes to the contribution percentages and very few changes to the plan design. The changes do involve an increase in deductibles and office copays.
Many of our supervisors live in greater Minnesota, where access to minute clinics is limited, so we want to remind you that online clinics, such as Virtuwell, are available to treat many of the things that might otherwise be an office visit and at the same reduced price as in-person convenience clinics (such as minute clinics). You can find more information at www.virtuwell.com
During negotiations the MMA team fought for and got an expanded ability to talk to new supervisors in conjunction with the supervisory core trainings. In addition, one of MMA’s priorities during this bargaining period was to increase opportunities for our supervisors to receive supervisory training. At the end of bargaining, the State agreed to meet with MMA, by agency, to deal with issues of supervisory training and work together to create better access.
The Tentative Agreement also includes an increase in the number of comp time hours that can be converted to deferred comp once a year to 80 hours (currently 40) and on separation, comp hours would go to the HCSP (with some exceptions).
MMA also resisted State “take back” proposals and protected current benefits and rights in probationary periods, meal allowances, posting periods for expression of interest and current overtime provisions.
Substantive agreements were made in the following Agency supplements: Public Safety, DNR, and DOT.
Details of these and other changes in the TA will be sent to Full members by US Mail, along with a ballot, in the next few weeks. We will post an update when they go out.
Fair Share members who join by July 28, 2015 will also be able to get a ballot and further details by US Mail.
All ballots will be due in the MMA office August 25th at 4:30 p.m.