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New Law: Labor contracts OK’d, salary cap gone

Published (4/25/2008)
By Brian Hogenson
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State labor agreements and compensation plans for employees in the executive branch were ratified with a stroke of a pen by Gov. Tim Pawlenty April 17.

The agreements and compensation plans were given interim approval by the joint legislative Subcommittee on Employee Relations.

The law, sponsored by Rep. Karla Bigham (DFL-Cottage Grove) and Senate President James Metzen (DFL-South St. Paul), ratifies labor agreements between the state and the following exclusive representatives of state employees: AFSCME Council 5, Minnesota Association of Professional Employees, State Residential School Education Association, Minnesota Government Engineers Council, Middle Management Association, Minnesota Law Enforcement Association and the Inter Faculty Organization. These are effective April 18, 2008.

Also effective that day are compensation plans for unrepresented and managerial state employees, the Minnesota State Board of Investment, employees and administrators in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, and Office of Higher Education employees.

A provision limiting the salary of the Minnesota Zoological Garden administrator to 130 percent of the governor’s salary is also repealed, effective April 18, 2008.

The law also requires the legislative auditor to establish a compensation plan for employees of the auditor. This provision takes effect Jan. 1, 2009.


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