Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) determined the Minnesota Legislature ratified the 2019-2021 collective bargaining agreements and compensation plans. Therefore, the contracts and plans will be implemented as originally submitted to the Legislature.
The collective bargaining process is established in statute, as is the process both the executive branch and the Legislature must follow. The executive branch negotiates agreements with State employees through their exclusive representatives. Then the executive branch submits those agreements, along with the compensation plans, to the Legislature, which can ratify or reject them.
On May 11, the Minnesota House of Representatives voted to ratify the collective bargaining agreements and compensation plans as submitted. On May 17, the Minnesota Senate voted to ratify the agreements and proposed modifications.
MMB and Governor Walz have determined under the statutes enacted by the Minnesota Legislature, the Legislature does not have the authority to unilaterally modify the agreements or plans. Although the Senate chose a path that is not outlined in law, the legal effect of the Legislature’s action is the ratification of the agreements we negotiated in good faith and the compensation plans.