As the governor prepares to deliver the state of the state address today, a state employees’ union is trying to negotiate a contract with the state.
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union will meet with members of the governor’s staff to try and work out a contract. Gov. Pat Quinn terminated the state’s contract in November after failed negotiations. Retirement, health care costs and wage increases were the sticking points when the contract was terminated.
Anders Lindall, AFSCME spokesman, says the union has offered to freeze pay increases for a year under a new contract. “State employees can’t and don’t deserve to be asked to solve the state’s budget problems alone out of their own pockets,” Lindall said.
AFSCME represents 40,000 workers across the state. Negotiations are scheduled for the next three days.