Nebraska Association
of Public Employees

State Contract Ratification Meetings Schedule

Our contract negotiations team has reached a tentative contract agreement with the State of Nebraska for the July 1, 2023-June 30, 2025 biennium. The tentative agreement ensures that all NAPE/AFSCME members will see the largest salary increases in the thirty-five year history of the State Employees Collective Bargaining Act. Over the course of the biennium, all NAPE/AFSCME members will see their salaries increase between 10-27% if the tentative agreement is ratified by union members.

The final step of the negotiations process is for union members to vote whether to accept or reject this tentative agreement. This process is called ratification. Union members will cast their vote at ratification meetings held around the state (both in person and online) between January 9-26. If you are not a union member, you can join today and have the right to vote at a ratification meeting.

If the majority of union members in each bargaining unit vote by a simple majority to ratify the contract, it will take effect on July 1, 2023. If the majority of union members in a bargaining unit reject the tentative contract, the Nebraska Commission of Industrial Relations will begin impasse proceedings in accordance with state law. This process will be further explained at the ratification meetings.

We will host 40 ratification meetings between January 9-26. Meetings are open to all contract covered employees, however, only union members will be able to vote. You are welcome to attend any meeting that is convenient for you. A list of meetings by location is below. For a calendar view, please visit our events page by clicking here. If you have questions about the ratification process, please contact us at help@napeafscme.org or 402-486-3911. Further details about the tentative agreement will only be shared at the ratification meetings.

Ratification Meeting Schedule By Location

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Virtual Meetings (Click Here To Register)

Monday, January 9 – 7pm central/6pm mountain 

Thursday, January 12 – 7pm central/6pm mountain

Monday, January 23 – 8pm central/7pm mountain

Evening Meetings

Ainsworth – Thursday, January 19 – 5:30pm – NDOT D8 Headquarters Cancelled Due to Weather

Alliance – Monday, January 23 – 5:30pm – Holiday Inn Express

Beatrice – Wednesday, January 11 – 5:30pm-  Veterans’ Club

Broken Bow – Tuesday, January 24 – 5:30pm – Public Library

Chadron – Wednesday, January 25 – 5:30pm – Holiday Inn Express

Columbus – Wednesday, January 25 – 5:30pm – Valentino’s

Fremont – Thursday, January 12 – 6:30pm – Fairfield Inn

Grand Island – Thursday, January 26 – 5:30pm – The Chicken Coop

Kearney – Wednesday, January 18 Thursday, January 26 – 6pm – Public Library (Rescheduled due to weather)

Lexington – Tuesday, January 17 – 5:30pm – Public Library

Lincoln – Tuesday, January 10 – 5:30pm – Firefighter’s Hall

McCook – Thursday, January 26 – 5:30pm – Holiday Inn Express

Nebraska City – Wednesday, January 11 – 5:30pm – Scooter’s Coffee

Norfolk – Tuesday, January 17 – 5:30pm – Public Library

North Platte – Wednesday, January 25 – 5:30pm – Wild Bill’s

Ogallala – Thursday, January 26 – 5:30pm – Public Library

Omaha – Thursday, January 19 – 6pm – Lansky’s Pizza (50th & L St)

O’Neill – Wednesday, January 18 – 5:30pm – Public Library Cancelled Due to Weather

Scottsbluff – Tuesday, January 24 – 5:30pm – Public Library

Sidney – Monday, January 23 – 5:30pm – Fairfield Inn

South Sioux City – Wednesday, January 18 – 5:30pm – Marriott Hotel (Main Lobby) Cancelled Due to Weather

York – Thursday, January 12 – 5:30pm – Kilgore Memorial Library

Worksite Meetings (Members may flex their lunch hour to attend if necessary)

Offices

Nebraska State Office Building – Tuesday, January 10 – Noon – Lower Level C

Omaha State Office Building – Thursday, January 12 – Noon – Room 222

Correctional Facilities

NE Correction Center for Women (York) – Thursday, January 12 – Noon – Admin. Conf. Room

Nebraska State Penitentiary – Thursday, January 12 – 3pm – Blue Room (Old Mail Room)

Omaha Correctional Center – Tuesday, January 17- 11am – Programs Conference Room

Tecumseh State Correctional Institution – Wednesday, January 11 – Noon – Gatehouse

Work Ethic Camp (McCook) – Thursday, January 26 – 1pm – Conference Room

DHHS Facilities 

Beatrice State Developmental Center – Wednesday, January 11 – 2:30pm – Carsten’s Cafe

Lincoln Regional Center – Wednesday, January 11 – 3pm – Bldg 3, Linehan Room, Garden Level

Norfolk Regional Center – Wednesday, January 18 – Noon – Room N17

YRTC Kearney – Tuesday, January 17 – 1pm – Chapel

Veterans Homes

Central Nebraska Veterans’ Home – Wednesday January 18 Thursday, January 26 – 3pm – J335 (Rescheduled due to weather)

Eastern Nebraska Veterans’ Home – Thursday, January 19 – 2pm – Break Room

Norfolk Veterans Home – Tuesday, January 17 – 1:30pm – Unit G Large Conf Room

Western Nebraska Veterans’ Home – Tuesday, January 24 – 2pm – Observation Deck

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