Pritzker, AFSCME Council 31 reach tentative contract deal – Crain’s Chicago Business

Just in time for a new Illinois budget that’s likely to pass the General Assembly later today, the state has reached agreement with its largest employee labor union on a new contract.

Gov. J.B Pritzker and Council 31 of AFSCME said in a statement that they have reached a tentative deal covering 40,000 state workers.

The agreement is “tentative” only in that it requires ratification by the rank and file. If that happens, it’s a done deal.

Neither side is giving any details on terms of the deal, including its length. But the old contract expired in June 2015, in the early days of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration. So some big retroactive pay could be on the way.

“Illinois has turned another page from years of brutal ideological warfare,” Pritzker said in the statement. He had strong backing from the union in last year’s election.

“This agreement represents a fresh start,” Council Executive Director Roberta Lynch said in the statement. “For four years, union member did their jobs and served their communities despite Bruce Rauner’s chaos.”

Eventually the details will leak out. The question is how much more taxpayers will have to come up with.



via “Illinois Politics” – Google News

May 31, 2019 at 05:01PM

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