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Illinois's contract with the state's largest employee union expires at the end of the month, and negotiations with the governor are supposedly going badly.

Democrats are trying to prevent a potential strike, but the governor might have other plans.

AFSCME pushed the legislation so its 3,800 members would be able to continue working without a contract past the June 30 deadline. It's an apparent reaction to memos sent from Gov. Bruce Rauner's office to state agencies, asking them about what they'd need to keep running in case of a strike.

Amanda Vinicky/WUIS

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's office appears to be preparing in case there's a strike. The state's contract with its largest public employees' union, AFSCME, expires when the state's fiscal year ends on June 30.

Illinois' largest public employees union has made an about-face in its attitude toward Governor Pat Quinn. Over the weekend, AFSCME leaders endorsed him during a meeting in Peoria. It's a classic case of going with "the devil you know."

Hold Up Continues For Union Raises

Oct 28, 2013

lllinois lawmakers have yet to fund raises for certain state employees. 

The raises were negotiated under the Blagojevich administration, but it was Governor Pat Quinn who, starting in 2011, said he didn’t have the money to pay them. The AFSCME union sued, and a judge ordered the state to pay, with interest.

Then, as a part of the most recent labor contract, Quinn changed course … even agreeing to ask the legislature for extra money to pay the raises. So far lawmakers have refused, but it could happen during their fall session.

Medicaid Purge In Illinois On Hold

Sep 18, 2013
state of Illinois

Illinois' attempts to remove ineligible people from the state's Medicaid rolls are being delayed. It comes amid a legal fight between the state and its largest public employees' union over who should actually do the work.

Rockford Public Schools

Rockford school officials informed the union representing paraprofessionals and food service workers the school board will terminate union contracts next month.

AFSCME Local 692 represents paraprofessionals in Rockford schools while AFSCME Local 3210 represents food service workers. According to a release from AFSCME, the unions represent nearly 640 members.

Starting pay for Rockford schools paraprofessionals is $9.53 an hour; food service workers start at $8.43.

Tentative Deal Reached For AFSCME

Mar 1, 2013
AFSCME.org

After 15 months of negotiating, Illinois' largest government-employee union has reached a tentative contract deal with the administration of Governor Pat Quinn.

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A state board that authorizes the closure of medical facilities has been urged to reject Governor Pat Quinn's plan to close Jacksonville Developmental Center. Quinn says smaller, community-based homes are better for the institution's developmentally disabled residents. But some parents say those group homes are not up to the job -- and there aren't enough of them in the area to accommodate all the patients at Jacksonville.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Two Illinois prisons targeted for closure will stay open for at least another month. An arbitrator ruled today that Governor Pat Quinn and his administration violated the rights of union workers by rushing the process.

Quinn halts prison inmate transfers

Aug 9, 2012
Wikipedia

Governor Pat Quinn's administration has agreed to stop moving inmates out of prisons Quinn plans to close for now. AFSCME -- the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees -- says the agreement is an important first step.

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