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April 18, 2018

Illinois Supreme Court Rejects Rauner Appeal on Steps

Illinois Supreme Court Rejects Rauner Appeal on Steps

On March 21, 2018, AFSCME Council 31 members received good news from the Illinois Supreme Court after the court rejected Rauner’s petition for leave to appeal.

In 2015, Rauner violated Illinois law that required current conditions of employment to continue while bargaining for a new contract, which included the state’s pay plan schedule. Instead, the governor imposed a freeze on the pay increases for state workers.

AFSCME Council 31 challenged this action in the 5th District Appellate Court, and the court ruled in favor of AFSCME. The court deemed that the employees were owed their increases, and it was handed back to the Illinois Labor Relations Board to determine a solution.

That ruling was held off when the Rauner Administration filed petition for leave to appeal, leaving workers again without their due increases.

Thanks to the swift action of the Illinois Supreme Court, Rauner’s petition was denied. It is now up to the Illinois Labor Relations Board to rectify the lost wages of the union members. AFSCME will urge the Board to act swiftly to ensure all state employees receive their increases.

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