PERA Correctional Plan News

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.

MNPEA Welcomes Minneapolis 911 Dispatchers

On February 26th, the MN Bureau of Mediation Services certified election results for the City of Minneapolis Police & Fire dispatchers and 911 Operators. The vote was 26 for MNPEA, 4 for Teamsters Local 320 and 2 for AFSCME. The BMS certified the Minnesota Public Employees Association, Inc. as the exclusive representative for the City of Minneapolis Police & Fire dispatchers and 911 Operators.

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MNPEA Welcomes 2 More Units

On November 4th, ballots were counted for two Rice County units that had filed to change their exclusive representative to Minnesota Public Employees Association.  The Bureau of Mediation Services counted the ballots and certified MNPEA as the new exclusive representative for both units.  The unit are Rice County Patrol Officers & Bailiff Unit, and the Rice County Sergeants & Corporals Unit.  The results are posted below.  Click on the unit’s name to see the BMS Certification.

Rice County Patrol Officers & Bailiff Unit
:   7 to 0 Vote for MNPEA

Rice County Sergeants & Corporals Unit:   3 to 2 Vote for MNPEA

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Four More Units Vote MNPEA as Exclusive Representative

On October 28th, ballots were counted for 4 more units that had filed to change their exclusive representative to Minnesota Public Employees Association.  Those four units were Albert Lea Police Essential Unit, Freeborn County Deputies Unit, Washington County Corrections and Dispatchers Unit, and the Hennepin County Detention Deputies and Tele-communicators Unit.  The results were a resounding statement that there is a need for change in the way that traditional Unions operate.

Please click on the Unit name to see the BMS Certification of the Vote Results.

Albert Lea Police Essential Unit  15 to 0 vote for MNPEA

Freeborn County Deputies Unit   3 to 2 vote for MNPEA

Washington County Corrections and Dispatchers Unit   52 to 16 vote for MNPEA

Hennepin County Detention Deputies and Tele-communicators Unit   110 to 1 vote for MNPEA

There are still 8 units that have filed a petition and are awaiting a vote.  We will post the results here when the ballots are counted.

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