(Springfield, IL) — State officials have just 20 days to explain to the Illinois Labor Relations Board the reasons for lengthy delays in paying unionized state workers their step increases. Some of the raises have been owed to AFSCME members since 2015 because Governor Rauner’s administration stopped paying them when the old contract expired at the end of June that year. Courts have ruled the administration did not have the authority to stop the raises while negotiations were underway for the new contract. The decision by the labor board adds the union members denied step increases are entitled to them along with seven-percent annual interest.
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