At the end of 2011 as a three-year collective bargaining agreements expired, the county notified the unions it would not extend step increases — an incremental wage increase. Existing collective bargaining agreements stated if a new agreement wasn’t in place before the old one expired, all benefits remain in effect until a new agreement was concluded.
Seven of the 12 unions representing Crow Wing County employees petitioned the court in this case. Unions represented in the court action were: Local Union No. 346 representing corrections and dispatch supervisory employees in the sheriff’s office; Minnesota Teamsters Public Law Enforcement Employees’ Union Local No. 320; American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees; AFL-CIO Local Union No. 689A; Minnesota Nurses Association; Law Enforcement Labor Services Locals No. 13, No. 14 and No. 16.
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