Republican legislators say they’re frustrated by the lack of transparency in negotiations between Minnesota’s state employee unions and Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration, accusing the two sides of “dragging their feet.”
The Democratic-Farmer-Labor governor is in the midst of negotiations with several unions, including the two biggest – the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees. The contracts expired almost 10 months ago.
Sen. Mike Parry, R-Waseca, said Tuesday that union members have told him and other lawmakers that they are intentionally taking their time, hoping for a more favorable Legislature after November’s election. Republicans are in control of both the House and Senate for the first time in almost four decades.