Disagreements led Rauner to calculate a deadlock so that he could impose conditions on members. The union fought a legal battle against this decision, but voted to authorize the strike at some point. He said the agreement would be reflected in the new state budget that will be put to the General Assembly vote and was “consistent with my long-term plans to stabilize Illinois` finances.” “This agreement reflects a new beginning for government officials,” said Roberta Lynch, Executive Director of AFSCME Council 31. For four years, union members did their jobs and served their communities, despite the chaos, hostility and relentless attacks of Bruce Rauner. In the Pritzker administration, AFSCME members have an employer who understands the importance of their work, respects their rights and is a constructive partner in collective bargaining. AFSCME Council 31 executives reached a preliminary agreement with the state last month, and the union announced Saturday that a majority of those who voted among its nearly 40,000 members had approved the contract “at a high margin,” according to Council 31 Executive Director Roberta Lynch. There have been a number of differences of opinion as to how many state employees are involved in their health insurance, how easy it is to relocate jobs, and whether you are moving from a 37.5-hour week to a 40-hour week. “With this interim agreement, Illinois has reversed another important side of years of brutal ideological wars,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “Instead, this agreement respects the valuable contributions our workers make to the state and treats all our taxpayers fairly through months of constructive and open negotiations. This agreement will be included in the budget on which the General Assembly will vote today, and more importantly, it will be consistent with my long-term plans to stabilize Illinois` finances. Governor J.B. Pritzker says the agreement ends the Rauner era of “ideological warfare.” “This agreement is a new beginning,” Council Executive Director Roberta Lynch said in the statement.
“For four years, the inter-union has done its job and served their communities despite the chaos of Bruce Rauner.” The agreement ends more than four years of stalled negotiations and bitter legal clashes with former Gov. Bruce Rauner. The agreement, subject to ratification by union members, would end more than four years of bitter talks and legal clashes under former Governor Bruce Rauner, who lost his re-election bid. The conditions were not disclosed before the ratification meetings to be held on the construction sites in the coming days.