Local 3141 - Department of Revenue

06-01-2011 Update from Commission Frans

To: All Department of Revenue Employees
From: Commissioner Myron Frans
Subject: Budget Update
Date: June 1, 2011

As we continue with contingency planning due to lack of a negotiated budget settlement, state government is required by contract to take some immediate steps. Although these first steps do not affect Department of Revenue employees, we want to let you know what is happening.

Under our contracts with several state employee bargaining units, Minnesota Management and Budget is required to send layoffs notices to employees on specific dates. To fulfill this contractual requirement, today, Wednesday, June 1, 2011, approximately 800 employees who are represented by the Minnesota Law Enforcement Association (MLEA) will be notified that they could be laid off July 1, 2011. The MLEA represents State Patrol Troopers, DNR Conservation Officers, and licensed peace officers who work for the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the Department of Corrections and the Department of Commerce.

This 30 day notification is required by contract. It is important to remember that decisions have not yet been made about whether these individuals perform critical priority services that would be required during a government shutdown. It’s also important to remember that “critical services” is a term of law that defines specific services that relate directly to health and safety, and that must continue in the event of a government shutdown. I believe all state employees provide essential and critical services.

In the case where there is not a negotiated budget, the Courts must decide what constitutes “critical services.” Once the Courts make this determination, individuals will be notified about whether they should report to work after July 1, if we do not have a state budget in place.

On June 10, 2011, we will face another deadline, when approximately 35,000 employees who are represented by AFSCME Council 5, the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees, the Middle Management Association, the Minnesota Government Engineers Council, the Minnesota Nurses Associations, and the State Residential Schools Education Association will be notified that they could be laid off July 1, 2011, unless they are directed to report to work to perform critical services during a government shutdown.
Thank you for your support and hard work.

Myron Frans
Commissioner of Revenue
600 North Robert Street
St. Paul, MN 55146

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