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March 04, 2013

AFSCME reaches tentative contract for state employees

After more than a year of bargaining, the state's largest public employee union has reached a tentative contract agreement with Gov. Pat Quinn

AFSCME reaches tentative contract for state employees

After 15 long months at the bargaining table with Gov. Pat Quinn—and with the threat of a strike looming—the AFSCME Bargaining Committee was able to forge an agreement that protects the economic security of union members, staves off massive health care cost increases, and expands important rights on the job. 

The Committee, made up of more than 250 elected representatives from every local union representing state employees, voted unanimously to recommend the three-year Agreement to the membership for ratification.

“AFSCME is very pleased that we were able to reach an agreement that protects our members’ standard of living, and is fair to them and all Illinois citizens, even in these very challenging economic times,” AFSCME Council 31 executive director Henry Bayer said.

AFSCME members must ratify any contract negotiated by their elected bargaining representatives. The ratification process will get underway at worksites statewide during the week of March 4.

Details of the tentative agreement will be released after the union’s membership has had the opportunity to review it.

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