The bill would require the MMB commissioner to include specific information with any collective bargaining agreement submitted to the Subcommittee on Employee Relations, which reviews all state employee contracts.
That information would include:
O’Neill, who chairs the subcommittee, told the House Government Operations and Elections Policy Committee in March the bill “clarifies and standardizes” some of the information the subcommittee would like to see, adding that getting this information upfront puts everyone at the same starting place as they consider large employee contracts within a short, 30-day window.
However, MMB Deputy Commissioner Edwin Hudson told the committee the bill is “unnecessary” and “restrictive.” He said it “doesn’t have to be prescribed in statute” because the agency has proven it provides information when the Legislature requests.
“This is just one more step to micromanage what is happening and place political agendas before state employees. Members, I’m tired of the attacks on public employees. I’m tired of people using public employees as political pawns,” Rep. Debra Hilstrom (DFL-Brooklyn Center) said on the House Floor, adding she has “big concerns” with how the subcommittee has operated recently.
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