AFSCME en AFSCME Members Ratify Pact <p>Members of the largest public employees union in Illinois voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new contract with the state. 96% of those who voted were in favor of the pact.</p><p>AFSCME and Governor Pat Quinn's administration reached a deal in late February. &nbsp;But in order for it to take effect, a majority of the union's members had to agree to it.</p><p></p><p>AFSCME spokesman Anders Lindall said this may have been the toughest negotiations the union's ever experienced.</p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 20:38:51 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 30748 at AFSCME Members Ratify Pact Retirees to Help Pay for Healthcare <p>Retired state workers in Illinois now know how much they will be required to contribute to their health care costs. The details are in the tentative contract agreement between the state and AFSCME.</p><p>The pact also will give the state the savings it had already been counting on.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Until now, state and university employees who retired after long government careers had not been required to pay any health care premiums. A new state law changed that, but how much they would pay was subject to contract negotiations, which dragged on for 15 months.</p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 00:29:57 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 29866 at Retirees to Help Pay for Healthcare AFSCME Contract Agreement in Illinois <p>After 15 months of negotiating, Illinois' largest government-employee union has reached a tentative contract deal with the administration of Governor Pat Quinn.</p><p>AFSCME spokesman Anders Lindall said the specifics will be kept private for now.</p><p>“It's a three-year agreement. The details are going to be reviewed by our entire rank-and-file membership. ... The ratification process will get started the week of this coming Monday, March 4," Lindall said.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 00:38:26 +0000 Brian Mackey 29675 at AFSCME Contract Agreement in Illinois AFSCME Continues to Consider Strike <p>Illinois’ largest public employees' union is talking more about a strike.&nbsp; Henry Bayer, Executive Director of AFSCME, said contract talks with the governor's office are going nowhere.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p>Bayer told Illinois Public Radio that a strike is a real possibility, and he said Governor Quinn is the catalyst.&nbsp; Bayer said Quinn's termination of the union's previous contract and his attempts to force cuts in pay and benefits has workers ready to go on the picket line.</p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 20:43:25 +0000 Rich Egger 29199 at AFSCME Continues to Consider Strike Illinois House Adjourns Without Vote on Pension Plan <p>Over the protests of state employee unions, an Illinois House committee gave bipartisan support to a plan intended to repair Illinois' underfunded pensions.&nbsp; But the full House adjourned Monday without taking a vote.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The legislation would leave workers paying more for a smaller retirement benefit. &nbsp;House Republican leader Tom Cross said the change is necessary given the condition of Illinois' pension systems.</p><p></p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 00:11:33 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 26903 at Illinois House Adjourns Without Vote on Pension Plan