State reaches tentative contract agreement
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[JUNE 11, 2004]
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.
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