MGEC members approve of new agreement for 2017-2019

February 16, 2018

The nest step will be for the contract to be submitted to the Legislature for passage. MGEC members will contact members of the Legislative Subcommittee for Employee Relations to encourage passage and explain support for the contract and key unresolved compensation issues.

 

Awards & Scholarships

(Details are at the MGEC website. Click on Awards/Scholarships button on left column)

Applications should be in to MGEC@mgec.org by May 8, 2018.

 

Scholarships - Members and MGEC Family members may apply for MGEC scholarships to members and the family members.

 

Awards - Recognize your co-workers by nominating them for prestigious MGEC Awards. There are two categories:

Golden Slide Rule - recognizing outstanding technical skills, superb writing and publication efforts, and for sharing expertise with their peers

Distinguished Citizenship - recognizing outstanding effort in civic or other community service, which has included both international and local service to a community, and/or for service to the MGEC community.This program provides a unique opportunity to recognize some of the very special members of our organization.

 

 

MGEC Contract

January 19, 2018

Voting on the 2017-2019 MGEC Contract began this week. Full members were e-mailed correspondence which includes a link to their ballot. Non-members can request a copy of the board's recommendation. Send me a copy of the Board's Contract Recommendation

 

MGEC Golf Tournament

It's always fun to get together. This year the golf tournament may be earlier than usual, May 22, 2018. Mark your calendars.

 

MGEC Website

The MGEC Website is going to be "refreshed" (rebuilt) from the ground up. Please bear with us over the coming weeks as that process begins. We welcome photos from members of state infrastructure so that the website reflects the work MGEC members do for the State of Minnesota. Send your photos to MGEC.

 

Professional Ethics

MGEC is co-sponsoring a two hour continuing education seminar and webinar on ethics. Details and registration can be done at the MAPD website.

 

 

MGEC Annual Meeting

September 6, 2017

The 49th MGEC Annual Meeting was held following the MGEC Golf Tournament, Sept. 6, 2017 at Oak Marsh Gold Club. Nominations for the 2017 MGEC Election were announced. President Julie Groetsch spoke of the importance of active relationships between members and MGEC (board and staff) as well as some of the successes of the past year.  MGEC Vice President/Past President Steve Kordowsky received the MGEC Golden Slide Rule Award recognizing his many technical activities on various projects and on-going mentorship of others. Family Member scholarships were awarded to Shane Impola, a junior in Computer Engineering at Iowa State University and son of Lars Impola. Also to Aimee Krebsbach, a junior at University of Minnesota - College of Science and Engineering in Biomedical Engineering, daughter of Jane Krebsbach.

 

 

May 23, 2017

Ratification of the MGEC Contract Imminent

 

A deal has been worked out to ratify the MGEC Contact. Assurances were given by all parties that employees won't see their pay cut. MGEC President Julie Groetsch and Executive Director Dana Wheeler meet with MMB Commissioner Myron Franz Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. to go over the details and address any remaining issues. If the odds going into Monday's session were 55/45 favoring ratification those odds improved Tuesday to 95/5 that the contract will be ratified by Wednesday. The many calls, e-mails and personal contacts by MGEC members helped and clearly kept their issue in the awareness of negotiators.

 

 

May 22, 2017

Last Day of Session - time for the MGEC Contract to get a vote Throughout the weekend, neither House nor Senate brought the MGEC Contract to a vote. MGEC continued talking with leadership. Senate leadership confirmed they plan to bring up the MGEC contract. They don't want to create a situation where they take something away and then have to give it back later. There was discussion that they were going to bring the contract only to the floor late Sunday. That didn't happen. Members of both the House and Senate are observing that Governor Dayton hasn't raised the issue yet. They have not been able to reach agreement on budget bills. There are hundreds of outstanding policies issues in bills that the Governor doesn't want considered. It's past time for the contract to be considered a bargaining chip.

 

It's looking like a special session may be more likely. The MGEC Board meeting will be post phoned today so members can meet at the capitol to talk to legislators. They need to know that waiting for a special session to ratify the contract only causes problems.  MGEC members are encouraged to make a trip to the capitol today. Tell them what you do for the state. Tell them how your compensation compares to the compensation provided by other employers. Pages in offices next to  the entry to each house will take notes to legislators asking to see them.

 

 

May 19, 2017

The House missed another opportunity to ratify the MGEC contract again yesterday when they failed to suspend the rules to consider HF 0848 (see vote). The State's Engineers, Land Surveyors and Engineering Specialists are dedicated, intelligent, and valued employees! Failure to ratify their contract and arbitration award sends them the wrong message about their value to the state. Their pay is already behind that of other employers for the same work. Why cut their wages five to seven percent to 2015 levels? That's demoralizing and creates undue economic hardship on them. With infrastructure issues at the heart of public discussion, we need these people at their best. Tell your legislators, you increased your own wages, now it's time to "ratify the 2015-2017 MGEC Contract" today!

 

MGEC Brief

State Brief

Arbitrator Wallin's Award

Congratulations to MGEC members & the MGEC Board for the determination and long hard work to do everything reasonable to get a better contract!

  

June 6, 2016

Interest Arbitration

Two days of hearings were held June 2-3 pertaining to the MGEC contract successor agreement. How did it go? MGEC is pleased that the information conveyed by the evidence and examples provided by witnesses were clear and thorough. Attorney James Michaels, for MGEC provided the rationale and supporting documentation for the increases sought.  The arbitrator is free to fashion any remedy deemed appropriate.  We believe that the State's wage proposal of 2.5% each July 1 (retroactive to 2015 & 2016) is the starting point for the arbitrator. The next step of the process is for both parties to submit "briefs" to the arbitrator by July 1. The brief will pull together the evidence and testimony as coherent arguments supporting MGEC final economic proposals; so more details can be provided after that point. Provided everything is complete, the arbitrator then has thirty days to prepare his award. Once the award is received, if MGEC were to receive any of the additional remedies sought: an equity adjustment for Senior Engineering Specialists and/or another one percent each year at the top step for all classes in order to move in the direction of market rates, and/or an additional deferred $100 compensation match for all employees, the award would then go to the Legislative Subcommittee on Employees for a vote.