AFSCME http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Members Of Illinois' Largest Public Employees Union Approve New Contract http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/members-illinois-largest-public-employees-union-approve-new-contract <p>By a margin of 96-to-4, members of Illinois' largest public employees' union voted to ratify a new contract with the state.</p><p>AFSCME and Governor Pat Quinn's administration reached a deal in late February, but in order for it to take effect, a majority of the union's 35,000 members had to agree to it.</p><p>AFSCME spokesman Anders Lindall says the negotiations may have been the toughest the union has ever experienced.</p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 15:05:43 +0000 Illinois Public Radio 10369 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Members Of Illinois' Largest Public Employees Union Approve New Contract New Hires To Earn Less Under Ill. Deal With Union http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-hires-earn-less-under-ill-deal-union <p>If Governor Pat Quinn's agreement with AFSCME, Illinois'&nbsp;largest public employee union, goes through, new employees will be treated differently than those already on the payroll.&nbsp;</p><p>Union members get pay boosts the longer they work for the state. Quinn's Chief of Staff Jack Lavin, says it will take longer for new hires to reach those step increases, and he says they'll start off making less too.&nbsp;</p><p>"To achieve the top of that job classification it was previously eight years, now it’ll be 11 years," said Lavin. "So new employees will start at a lower wage.”</p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 12:48:22 +0000 Illinois Public Radio 10074 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New Hires To Earn Less Under Ill. Deal With Union Here's The Latest On That Possible Illinois State Workers' Union Strike http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/heres-latest-possible-illinois-state-workers-union-strike <p><em>Reporting by Illinois Public Radio's Brian Mackey used in this report.</em></p><p>It looks like <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-state-workers-strike-union-memo-tells-members-prepare">an impending strike</a> of workers in Illinois' largest government-employee union has been avoided - tentatively.</p><p>Governor Pat Quinn reached a tentative contract deal with The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) early this morning.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Officially, the union is keeping mum about what's in the contract.</span></p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 19:04:01 +0000 Illinois Public Radio, The Associated Press & Kelsey Proud 9741 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Here's The Latest On That Possible Illinois State Workers' Union Strike Illinois State Workers To Strike? Union Memo Tells Members To Prepare http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-state-workers-strike-union-memo-tells-members-prepare <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A union that represents Illinois state workers has </span><a href="http://thesouthern.com/news/local/union-to-state-workers-prepare-for-a-strike/article_a3ba17d8-727e-11e2-9e4c-0019bb2963f4.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">issued a memo</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to members telling them how to prepare in case of a possible strike.</span></p> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 18:19:23 +0000 The Associated Press & Kelsey Proud 9223 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois State Workers To Strike? Union Memo Tells Members To Prepare Quinn Voids Union Contract http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/quinn-voids-union-contract <P><EM>Amanda Vinicky contributed reporting from Springfield, Ill.</EM></P> <P>In what's being called an "unprecedented" step, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has terminated the state's contract with its largest employee union.</P> <P>The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees helped Quinn win the governor's office in 2010, but the relationship soured almost immediately. Wed, 21 Nov 2012 02:29:36 +0000 Illinois Public Radio 6661 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Quinn Voids Union Contract Morning headlines - Tuesday, July 3, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-tuesday-july-3-2012 <p><strong>Nixon seeks permission to ease land restrictions during drought</strong></p><p>Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has asked the federal government to allow farmers to graze cattle on land that&#39;s been taken out of crop production as part of a federal conservation effort.</p><p>Farmers in the state have about 1.4 million acres of land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program, which pays them to plant other vegetation instead of cash crops like corn or soybeans. Livestock grazing is allowed on the land when there&#39;s a 40 percent shortage of hay and precipitation.</p> Tue, 03 Jul 2012 11:23:05 +0000 The Associated Press, Rachel Lippmann & Illinois Public Radio 4037 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines - Tuesday, July 3, 2012 Morning headlines- Thursday, June 28, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-thursday-june-28-2012 <p><strong>Nixon defends, clarifies comments on health insurance mandate</strong></p><p><em>Elana Gordon contributed reporting from Kansas City, Mo.</em></p><p>With a decision on the federal health law nearing, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon further defended his position yesterday regarding a federal health insurance mandate.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 12:08:41 +0000 Illinois Public Radio, KCUR & The Associated Press 4006 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines- Thursday, June 28, 2012 Morning headlines - Friday, May 18, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-friday-may-18-2012 <p><strong>Federal court sides with Quinn in pay dispute</strong></p><p>A federal appeals court has sided with Illinois governor Pat Quinn over canceled pay raises due to thousands of union workers.</p> Fri, 18 May 2012 12:58:49 +0000 Rachel Lippmann & The Associated Press 3730 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines - Friday, May 18, 2012 Quinn, legislative leaders reach deal to keep state facilities open http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/quinn-legislative-leaders-reach-deal-keep-state-facilities-open <p>Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn and the state&#39;s top four lawmakers have reached a deal to keep seven state facilities open until June.</p><p>Quinn had targeted mental health centers and centers and developmentally disabled, as well as a prison in Lincoln, <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/state-job-cuts-facility-closures-possible-ill">for closure</a>, saying the legislature had failed to appropriate enough money to operate them for the entire year.&nbsp; The closures could have resulted in nearly 2,000 layoffs.</p> Tue, 29 Nov 2011 03:43:11 +0000 The Associated Press 2561 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Quinn, legislative leaders reach deal to keep state facilities open State job cuts, facility closures possible in Ill. http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/state-job-cuts-facility-closures-possible-ill <p><strong>Updated with comments from Quinn, unions and lawmakers.</strong></p><p><em>Reporting from WBEZ&#39;s Sam Hudzik and Illinois Public Radio&#39;s Sean Crawford was used in this report.</em></p><p>Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says job reductions will be necessary to help Illinois deal with a record budget deficit.</p><p>Sources told the<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-pat-quinn-illinois-budget-20110906,0,779655.story"> Chicago Tribune</a> that thousands of state workers could receive layoff notices.</p> Tue, 06 Sep 2011 22:05:11 +0000 The Associated Press, Illinois Public Radio & WBEZ 1993 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org State job cuts, facility closures possible in Ill.