• Raises for one union, but not the other

    by  • February 21, 2013 • News

    While union negotiators continue to work with Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration to reach agreements on contracts, one union has received raises, while another has not, which is adding to the already elevated tensions between Quinn and he state’s largest employee union.
    According to Quinn’s administration, approximately 1,500 unionized workers at the Illinois Department of Transportation and other agencies received raises last month, even though their union is still negotiating a new contract with the state.The workers, members of General Teamsters/Professional & Technical Employees Local 916, received 3 percent wage increases Jan. 1, Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration confirmed.

    The raises were awarded even though the contract covering the workers expired June 30 and a new agreement has not been negotiated. The Teamster raises were awarded at the same time as negotiations with the largest state employee union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, have ground to a halt and the union has advised members to prepare for the possibility of a strike. see more …