AFSCME Rallied at Statehouse to Call for Long-withheld Step Increases

Apr 26, 2018

A long-fought battle between state government and the AFSCME union came to the forefront again Thursday.

State government workers from the union rallied at the capitol to call for periodic raises they say the state owes them.

Roberta Lynch, AFSCME's Executive Director in Illinois, says even though the Supreme Court sided with the union, workers have yet to see the money.
 
"None of them are being paid at the rate they were promised when they were hired. That's a violation of ethical standards in my book, and it's a violation of the law in the eyes of the court system in our state."
 
The Governor's Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.   A measure that would give workers in some agencies money owed from as far back as 2011 awaits action in the Illinois state Senate.

Just months after he took office in 2015, Governor Bruce Rauner let AFSCME's labor contract expire, and refused to grant any more periodic raises.