A Mankato Democrat is none too pleased about the recent Minnesota House vote on the approval of the contracts for state workers.

Mankato D.F.L. State Representative Jack Considine.

DFL Representative Jack Considine said, “It’s clearly in our rules that when negotiated contracts come to the House floor we are to either vote them up or down; that we are prohibited from changing them.”

But he said Republican Representative Marion O’Neill offered an amendment to the bill that included several anti-labor provisions and, “We then voted on whether that was okay or not. And, you’ll never guess, right along party lines we voted that it was okay.”

The Minnesota Association of Professional Employees Union said the vote signifies that support for state workers by the Legislature, “Is nullified for the majorities own political gains.

Members of the two biggest state employee unions, MAPE and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, have been working under the terms of the previous contracts, which expired last June.