AFSCME Contract Agreement in Illinois
After 15 months of negotiating, Illinois' largest government-employee union has reached a tentative contract deal with the administration of Governor Pat Quinn.
AFSCME spokesman Anders Lindall said the specifics will be kept private for now.
“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.
Published reports indicate union members would get pay raises, even though Quinn declined to pay out some raises from the last contract.
These are said to be the longest contract talks in Illinois history, and come after a year in which the union fought Quinn over pay raises, facility closures and whether the state should cut benefits for retirees.