Among other things, the bill provides a process for transitioning employees into a new bargaining unit once the joint powers entity is formed.
(Published May 12, 2014)
A bill that deals with collective bargaining agreements when a joint powers entity is formed was signed by Gov. Dayton on May 9. Chapter 223, HF 2939/SF 2490, sponsored by Rep. Tom Anzelc, (DFL-Balsam Township), and Sen. David Tomassoni (DFL-Chisholm), was initiated by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 65 and initially contained many provisions objectionable to employer representatives, including the League.
In early April, Gov. Dayton’s office asked the Bureau of Mediation Services Commissioner Josh Tilsen to assist stakeholders in reaching a compromise on HF 2939/SF 2490. The stakeholders involved are the League of Minnesota Cities, the Association of Minnesota Counties, the Minnesota School Boards Association, and AFSCME Council 65. The charge of the stakeholders was to balance the rights of organized labor with the desire to not create disincentives to intergovernmental cooperation.
The compromise that has reached the governor’s desk is a scaled-back version of the bill. It provides a process for transitioning employees into a new bargaining unit once the joint powers entity is formed. It also contains provisions dealing with seniority, personnel files, layoffs, and recalls.
Look for more information in the 2014 Law Summaries, which will be published after the conclusion of the 2014 session.
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