July 09, 2007 16:36 ET

MAPE Members Asked to Approve Two-Year Contract Offer

SHOREVIEW, MN--(Marketwire - July 9, 2007) - Minnesota Association of Professional Employees (MAPE) members are asked to ratify a new two-year contract.

MAPE's Board of Directors voted today (Monday) to recommend that MAPE members accept the tentative contract agreement. Informational meetings will be held all across the state before MAPE members are asked to vote via mail ballot. Ballots will be counted Aug. 6. If MAPE members reject the contract offer, it will authorize the MAPE Board to call a strike.

"This is a good compensation package," said MAPE Executive Director Jim Monroe. "We will have increased out-of-pocket health-care costs, but we eliminated additional increases in the second year. At the same time, the unions brought innovations to the table to help curb drug out-of-pocket costs. Our members should be proud of this contract offer."

MAPE's Negotiations Team reached a tentative agreement for a new two-year contract with State of Minnesota management at midnight Friday, June 29, following marathon negotiating sessions at the Mall of America Ramada Inn in Bloomington. MAPE's tentative agreement calls for 3.25 percent across-the-board wage increases each year, effective July 1, 2007, and progression steps each year for those members who qualify.

Pioneered by MAPE and AFSCME Council 5, the health-care plan revamps the way the prescription drug program is managed. This innovative pharmacy benefit manager program is expected to put approximately $5 million in savings back in to the health-care plan in the first year.

"This pharmacy benefit manager program will be a seamless change for our members, yet it holds the line on out-of-pocket drug costs," Monroe said. "The unions provided the historic leadership to bring this innovative program on line."

Monroe added, "Our negotiations team and membership did an incredible job in helping us to pull together this contract offer. We owe them a huge thank-you for all of their hard work."

MAPE is a strong voice for 11,500 professional employees who work for the State of Minnesota.

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