Minnesota officials say all seven unions representing state workers have approved an agreement that will assure that health insurance benefits continue for employees in the event of a state shutdown starting tomorrow.
Although insurance will continue and employees will be able to return to work with all benefits intact when the shutdown ends, laid-off workers won’t get severance or vacation checks during the shutdown.
Estimates indicate that about 22,000 state workers will be laid off, while about 13,000 will be considered essential and will continue at their jobs.
Ratifying the agreement were: AFSCME Council 5, Minnesota Association of Professional Employees, Minnesota Law Enforcement Association, Minnesota Nurses Association, Minnesota Government Engineers Council, State Residential Schools Education Association, and the Middle Management Association.
State budget officials say non-union employees will have similar protections.