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State reaches tentative contract agreement with AFSCME     Send a link to a friend

[JUNE 11, 2004]  SPRINGFIELD -- Following months of negotiations, Gov. Rod Blagojevich announced Thursday that the state and AFSCME Council 31 have reached a tentative agreement on a four-year contract. Over the next several weeks, AFSCME's 85 local unions will vote on ratification of the agreement, before the new fiscal year begins on July 1.

"We're pleased that, together, we arrived at a contract agreement that is both fair to state workers and responsible, given the state's financial difficulties," Gov. Blagojevich said. "We believe the agreement represents progress for union members and the state, and I would like to thank the men and women involved in the negotiations for their hard work. We look forward to the contract's ratification."

Details of the tentative agreement will not be available until it is ratified by union members. AFSCME Council 31, the state's largest employee union, represents about 37,000 state workers.

[News release from the governor's office]

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