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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Arbitrator Rules: “As A Matter Of Contract; The State Has No Choice.”

This morning an independent arbitrator ruled that the Quinn Administration is in violation of AFSCME’s contract.  Arbitrator Edwin Benn has ordered the state to pay the 2% wage increase that was due July 1st along with any step increases to which employees are entitled.  It is possible that the state could appeal the arbitrator’s decision but AFSCME is prepared to defend it in court.

ISEA, Laborers’ Local 2002 have filed a similar grievance directly to the 4th level and this decision will directly impact the outcome of our pending grievance.  This ruling is a ‘win’ for collective bargaining and further clarifies our arguement that Governor Quinn cannot break a contract at will. 

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As always, we will continue to update the membership as more information becomes available. 

ISEA, Laborers’ Local 2002 Staff

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