The Nape/AFSCME Labor Contract: A Comprehensive Overview
The Nebraska Association of Public Employees (NAPE) is a union that represents a wide range of employees in the state of Nebraska, including workers in the public sector. The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) is a national union that represents public service employees across the United States.
In June 2021, the Nape/AFSCME labor contract was ratified after months of negotiations between the two organizations. The contract covers approximately 8,000 state employees in Nebraska and outlines the terms of their employment, including wages, benefits, and working conditions.
One of the key elements of the contract is a 3% raise for all employees covered by the agreement. This raise will go into effect in July of 2021 and will apply to both full-time and part-time workers. In addition, the contract provides for a 2.5% increase in wages for employees in July 2022 and a 2.5% increase in July 2023.
Beyond wage increases, the Nape/AFSCME labor contract includes provisions for improved working conditions. For example, it calls for better protections for workers who are exposed to hazardous materials on the job. It also includes language regarding workplace safety, harassment, and discrimination.
The contract also provides for improvements to employee benefits. For example, it expands the range of options available to employees for health insurance coverage. It also includes provisions for paid leave, including time off for bereavement, sick leave, and parental leave.
Overall, the Nape/AFSCME labor contract represents a significant win for state employees in Nebraska. It provides for wage increases, improved working conditions, and better benefits, all of which are critical to the well-being of public service workers. The contract is a testament to the power of collective bargaining and the importance of labor unions in advocating for the rights and interests of workers.