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The Friedrichs V. CTA case jeopardizes the American promise that hard work leads families to a decent life.


 

AFSCME Negotiators Reach TA with State

AFSCME negotiators have reached a tentative agreement on a new two-year contract with the State of Minnesota. The tentative agreement includes a 2.5 percent raise effective July 1; another 2.5 percent raise on July 1, 2016; and steps in both years of the contract. Union negotiators also beat back $74 million in proposed health-insurance take-backs.The master team is unanimously recommending ratification of the deal, which would expire on June 30, 2017. The contract would cover nearly 15,500 AFSCME employees in Unit 2 (craft and maintenance), Unit 3 (service), Unit 4 (health care), Unit 6 (clerical), and Unit 7 (technical). More details about the contract and information about ratification dates and voting sites will be posted on Council 5’s website as they become available.


 

Good News from the Legislature

We increased state agency budgets to pay for raises and benefits for state employees. We gained more money for nursing homes, state prisons, and child protection services. We saved jobs in DHS, MinnesotaCare, and in local governments. We fought off attacks on our pensions. And we fought off attempts to expand tax giveaways for corporations. AFSCME members accomplished a lot at this year’s Legislature. Here are the details


AFSCME International threw down the challenge: It dared locals to sign up 50,000 new members before its July convention. Members in Minnesota and across the country responded – big time.


 

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