WAGE INCREASE LAWSUITS PENDING
The lawsuits filed on behalf of our bargaining unit employees affected by the State's decision to refuse to implement wage increases are still pending as of this time. When the Court decides the outcome on one case before them it will ultimately affect all other cases. As soon as anything is ruled upon we will notify you via email, this website, and our Facebook page. Please be sure to check all resources available.
We also have a pending Unfair Labor Practice before the Illinois Labor Relations Board. In December of last year the State filed a Motion to Defer the unfair labor practice to the grievance-arbitration process. For many reasons, including that one grievance has gone through arbitration and the State refused to comply with the Arbitrator's decision, we objected to the Motion. We are awaiting a ruling by the ILRB on the Motion. The Board had previously filed a complaint for hearing and we anticipate that when the ILRB finally rules that it will move forward with a hearing. We will announce the Administrative Law Judge's decision on the Motion on this website, via email, and on our Facebook page. Please check all resources.
NEGOTIATION DATES ARE SET
Our staff attorney has been working on proposals for the various bargaining units based upon issues that arose via grievances through out the existing contract terms as well as based upon feed back received from contract survey forms submitted by bargaining unit members. If you have any additional issues you wish for us to address during contract negotiations, please email us at email@example.com and put in the subject line "Proposal Suggestions".
We are also working on putting together a negotiations committee for the various bargaining units. If you are interested in participating, please contact us via our email address and put in the subject line "Negotiations Committee" and your respective bargaining unit number: DNR employees- RC-104; CMS Auto Shop supervisors and Dept of Ag Meat and Poultry Inspector Supervisors- VR-106; all other employees (DOC, ISP, DJJ, IDFPR, DHS, Dept. of Revenue, etc.)- VR-704.
VR-704 Negotiation Dates: April 17-18, 2012- at these initial meetings we will be submitting our proposals and explanations but there will be no negotiating at those meetings. Therefore, our staff attorney and Vice-President will attend to present our proposals and answer questions. The next scheduled sessions will involve the negotiation team.
VR-706 Negotiation Date: April 24, 2012
RC-104 Negotiation Date: We have offered dates and are working on finalizing the first session.
Please check back for updates. As the negotiations get under way we will be utilizing this website, Facebook, and email to keep you updated on the status of negotiations.
FACILITY CLOSURES UPDATE: HEARING DATES
Following is a list of hearings set by the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (COGFA)
Tamms C.C.- April 2, 2012, 12pm, Shawnee Community College, Ullin, IL
IYC Joliet- April 4, 2012, 10am, Joliet Community College
Dwight C.C.- April 4, 2012, 4pm, Dwight High School
We will keep you updated as we learn more information. As you may already know it has been announced that the following facilities will be closed on the corresponding dates:
DOC- Tamms C.C. and Dwight C.C.- August 31, 2012
DJJ- IYC Murphysboro and IYC Joliet- July 31, 2012
Please contact your local representatives to get these closures stopped. We must all band together to support one another in such times. If you need information on how to locate your State representatives, please contact us at our email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please keep checking back for new updates.
PENSION REFORM UPDATE:
At this time we are aware of nothing new being introduced or proposed regarding legislation that would change the pension structure for State of Illinois employees. When we do receive an update we will announce it on this website, the Facebook page and via email.
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