Monday, June 23, 2008
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AFSCME contract running out of time

March in Springfield set today

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[June 23, 2008]  With only a week left until the current AFSCME contract with the state of Illinois expires, union officials plan to have a rally and march today through downtown Springfield.

As previously reported to the LDN by local AFSCME representatives, the contract being offered them results in a "zero-sum proposal." The contract affects employees at both local prisons, the Lincoln Correctional Center and Logan Correctional Center.

Increases in health care costs, co-payments and deductibles as well as larger employee contributions into the state pension plan will wipe out the proposed raise offered by the governor.

The rally will start at the Capitol building, and supporters will then march to the Hilton Springfield on Seventh Street, where negotiations on a new contract are being held.

The rally and march are scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m.

The current contract between the union and the state is set to expire on June 30.


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