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4:57 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

AFSCME Puts Aside Differences, Endorses Quinn

There was once a time, such as during a protest at the Illinois State Fair in 2012, that union members were comparing Gov. Pat Quinn to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker; labor's wrath has turned to Bruce Rauner since he became Republican's nominee for governor.

Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 3:38 pm

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."

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5:28 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Hold Up Continues For Union Raises

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.

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6:32 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Medicaid Purge In Illinois On Hold

Credit 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.

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4:20 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Contracts In Limbo For Rockford Schools Support Staff

Credit 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.

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4:52 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Tentative Deal Reached For AFSCME


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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4:51 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Advocates Fight to Keep Developmental Center Open


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.

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State Budget
7:11 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Arbitrator Postpones Illinois Prison Closures

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.

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6:35 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Quinn halts prison inmate transfers


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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5:17 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Gov's pay dispute with AFSCME back to arbitration


A Cook County Circuit Court judge has decided to send a dispute between Governor Pat Quinn and major union back to arbitration.

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5:29 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Workers Protest Budget Cuts on "Day of Action"

Thousands of caregivers, child protection workers, and police officers represented by the AFSCME will hold a statewide “Day of Action” Thursday. The events will demonstrate opposition to Governor Pat Quinn’s budget cuts.  Employees of the Singer Mental Health Center will hold a protest Thursday afternoon at Rockford's Zeke Giorgi Center. The Singer facility is targeted for closure.

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