Large Percentage Support in All Three State Bargaining Units
The contract ratification ballots were opened, tallied and counted by the SEIU Local 517M Election Tally Committee on Friday, November 4, 2016. The final results showed overwhelming support for the wage and healthcare benefits that were just negotiated for the remaining two years of the current three-year agreements in all three bargaining units. All three bargaining units (Human Services Support, Scientific & Engineering, and Technical) passed the new agreement by over 94% in each unit. 52% of the state employee membership returned ballots.
The economic provisions of the wage and healthcare benefit re-opener will commence beginning October 1, 2017, pending approval by the Civil Service Commission at their December 14th meeting.
SEIU Local 517M Executive Director Liza Estlund Olson stated “Over 30 informational sessions were held across the state including the U.P. giving members the opportunity to have their questions answered. By this vote, our members overwhelmingly recognize the value and importance of having a collective bargaining agreement that gives them a say in their wages, benefits and working conditions. Their overwhelming support shows the Civil Service Commission that state employees are mindful of their responsibilities as union members, and voted their support in recognition of what was achieved by their Union.”
Members of the Election/Tally Committee participating in the vote count were: Joe Gabelsberger (HSS); Daryl Gotham (S&E); Tonya Heyer (S&E); Donna Huntzinger (Tech); Sonya Robinson (HSS); Bob Smrek (Tech).