Because Things Happen

December 22, 2017 in MNPEA News by MNPEA

Just a friendly reminder. Because sometimes things happen, MNPEA members enjoy on and off duty legal protection for them and their spouses. All included in the low $39.00 monthly dues.



December 20, 2017 in MNPEA News by MNPEA






Dues to Remain Unchanged!

November 27, 2017 in MNPEA News by MNPEA

The MNPEA Board has announced dues are to remain unchanged for 2018 and 2019. They should remain the same in the near and foreseeable future.

The monthly dues of $39 a month give members on and off duty legal overage.

This includes both civil and criminal protection and the MNPEA legal plan also covers spouses!

We live in litigiousness society. On duty protection is a must, but off duty incidents can also affect your job. A DWI, a confrontation outside of work all can be a threat to your employment. MNPEA lawyers are only a phone call away.

MNPEA lawyers represent our members at all levels, negotiations as well as grievances. Not just a Rep.

We strive to give our members the best coverage in Minnesota for the best price!


Happy Thanksgiving

November 22, 2017 in MNPEA News by MNPEA

MNPEA wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.

A special thanks to those of you working this Holiday to keep us safe.


PERA Correctional Plan News

November 20, 2017 in MNPEA News by MNPEA

There is a move at the State Legislature to reduce the annual COLA of the PERA Correctional Plan.

MNPEA does not support the reduction of County Corrections Officer retirement benefits in bills (HF565 and SF 545).

Currently Correctional Plan Retirees receive a 2.5% COLA. This is triggered by law for any PERA plan that is funded at 90% or more. The Correctional Plan is funded at 95.7%. Furthermore, the State’s own actuarial study shows that the plan, as funded, is moving to 100% funding.

These Bills are the result of poor performance and mismanagement of some of the other State Pension Plans including Police and Fire, the MSRS Correctional Plan (state CO’s) and the Judges plan among others.

The stated purpose, supported by the larger Unions, is uniformity and shared sacrifice. Many of the same groups asking for shared sacrifice from our well-funded plan, are the same ones who not only didn’t want us in their plans, but actively worked against the County CO’s from having one at all!

How is this for uniformity? The MSRS Correctional Plan is funded less than 90% yet receives a 2% COLA. It is proposed they reduce their COLA .5% down to 1.5%. The PERA Correctional Plan, funded at 95.7% is being asked to reduce its COLA a full 1% down to 1.5%. In the name of uniformity.

That’s right the underfunded State Correction’s plan takes a .5% cut in COLA but the well-funded County Correctional plan is asked for a 1% cut.

By way of comparison the also underfunded Judges plan isn’t being asked to take any cut at all.

These Bills, if enacted would punish County CO’s and retirees unfairly. Reducing the COLA of the PERA Correctional plan doesn’t add one penny to the other plans that are underfunded.

These Bills were Vetoed last session by the Governor, but MNPEA will be watching future sessions for attacks on our Pension.


Veterans Day 2017

November 11, 2017 in MNPEA News by MNPEA


MNPEA thanks all who have served.




National Public Safety Communicators Week

April 12, 2017 in MNPEA News by MNPEA

MNPEA recognizes the critical role these professionals play in Public Safety.  Thank you for all that you do!!


Call to Action: Reclassification Petition

Signatures Needed – Sign and Pass Along As the federal government nears a final decision on whether to update its classification system describing occupations in the United States, APCO has launched a White House petition entitled “9-1-1 Professionals Should Be Recognized for Protecting and Saving Lives.” The goal of this petition, timed with National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, is to draw attention to the need to classify Public Safety Telecommunicators as Protective Service Occupations. Sign the Petition

The deadline to collect 100,000 signatures is May 7.



PERA Corrections Plan, Social Security Referendum

August 27, 2014 in MNPEA News by MNPEA

The Social Security Administration is requiring the PERA board to conduct a referendum of certain employees within the Corrections Pension.  The outcome of this referendum will have far reaching impact on your retirement, and possibly, the retirement benefits of people that have not even been hired yet.

Here is the information that we received from PERA.    QASupplement for Employees (final.8.26)-1





Officer Scott Thomas Patrick – End of Watch 07/30/2014

July 31, 2014 in MNPEA News by MNPEA

The Minnesota Public Employees Association offers our sincere condolences to the Family of Officer Scott Patrick, the Mendota Heights Police Department, and the citizens of Mendota Heights.  We would also like to thank all of the people and agencies that responded to assist in the wake of the senseless and tragic events of July 30th, 2014.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

To donate in support of Officer Patrick’s family, go to



Annual Spring MNPEA Steward Training

May 8, 2014 in MNPEA News by MNPEA

MNPEA would like to thank all of the Stewards that attended the annual spring training seminar. Thank you for giving of your time to attend the training and the work you put in to representing your units members. We look forward to seeing you again at the annual fall training.