SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Raises for Teamsters, not for AFSCME

Thursday, Feb 21, 2013

* A good example of the tension between AFSCME and Gov. Pat Quinn

About 1,500 unionized workers at the Illinois Department of Transportation and other agencies received raises last month, even though their union is still negotiating a new contract with the state.

The workers, members of General Teamsters/Professional & Technical Employees Local 916, received 3 percent wage increases Jan. 1, Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration confirmed.

The raises were awarded even though the contract covering the workers expired June 30 and a new agreement has not been negotiated. The Teamster raises were awarded at the same time as negotiations with the largest state employee union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, have ground to a halt and the union has advised members to prepare for the possibility of a strike.

Abdon Pallasch, spokesman for Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget office, said there is a different climate surrounding negotiations with the Teamsters.

“With the Teamsters, productive bargaining continues,” Pallasch said. “In AFSCME, negotiations continue, but it’s been our argument all along that they really haven’t made many meaningful concessions.” […]

Although the Teamsters contract expired June 30, the same time as AFSCME’s contract, Pallasch said it has been renewed through April.

* And the union is meeting with members

Rank-and-file members of the state’s largest employee union packed a conference room in a state office building Wednesday to hear the latest update on stalled contract talks.

With the possibility looming of a strike by 40,000 members of the state workforce, the hour-long session was among dozens being held around the state in recent days by members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union. […]

On Wednesday, Gov. Pat Quinn, who terminated the state’s contract with AFSCME in November, told reporters he hopes to avert a walkout.

“We’re negotiating. Everybody understands it’s a tough time economically for our state. I’m hopeful that we can get a good agreement that’s good for the taxpayers and good for the workers who work so hard for the public,” the governor said at an event in Springfield. […]

The governor said Wednesday that he has not told top aides to begin preparing for the possibility of a work stoppage. But, he said the state will be ready if a strike is called.

* Meanwhile

Premium-free health insurance for retired state workers is not a protected pension benefit, lawyers for the state argued in court Wednesday.

As a result, they said four lawsuits challenging a state law imposing such premiums should be dismissed.

Attorneys trying to overturn the law said the benefit is protected.

“The constitution prohibits the state from welshing on deals with its employees,” said Springfield attorney John Myers.

A ruling in the case is not expected for several weeks.

* And despite the criticism, I don’t think the governor meant what some think he meant

Gov. Pat. Quinn said Wednesday that a long-awaited early inmate release program is starting “right now.”

“We’re carrying it out right now,” Quinn told reporters during a news conference in Springfield. “We had to follow the blueprint that’s outlined in the law, and I think we will do very well if we go forward right with that.”

The governor, however, may have spoken too soon.

The agency in charge of implementing the program still has not begun awarding credits for reduced prison time and does not have a set timetable to begin letting nonviolent inmates out of Illinois’ overloaded prison system. Illinois Department of Corrections spokeswoman Stacey Solano said officials continue to review inmate files.

Actually, they have started implementing the bill. Reviewing the files is the beginning of that implementation.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


35 Comments
  1. - Shemp - Thursday, Feb 21, 13 @ 12:24 pm:

    So is the contract renewed and current or expired? Pallasch says it is renewed, yet the article says there is no contract….
    Anyhow, I thought the contract was the bible? I have never heard of “management” giving out increases that weren’t negotiated, settled and approved. That’s saying nothing of 3% in this budget climate. I see the article refers to the contract as Seems to be sheer incompetence to me.


  2. - Anonymous - Thursday, Feb 21, 13 @ 12:31 pm:

    What are the “meaningful concessions” offered by the Teamsters?


  3. - Formerly Known As... - Thursday, Feb 21, 13 @ 12:34 pm:

    Maybe PQ can just promise them raises again shortly before the next election?

    That will surely make things all better.


  4. - OneMan - Thursday, Feb 21, 13 @ 12:54 pm:

    I think they are just trying to push AFSCME into a strike at this point.


  5. - dupage dan - Thursday, Feb 21, 13 @ 12:55 pm:

    One such concession PQ wants AFSCME to accept is no raises during the life of a new contract. How does that square with other union members getting a raise due to meaningful concessions? Won’t PQ be asking the other unions to accept no raises during upcoming contracts?

    Fanning the flames, it seems.


  6. - dupage dan - Thursday, Feb 21, 13 @ 12:56 pm:

    OneMan, if that is true, AFSCME should NOT strike.


  7. - Cassiopeia - Thursday, Feb 21, 13 @ 1:02 pm:

    The AFSCME strike will bust the union. The members may vote by a slight majority to authorize a strike but it will fizzle when a sizable number of employees do not honor it. This will lead to first an erosion, than a flood of employees crossing the picket lines.


  8. - Mason born - Thursday, Feb 21, 13 @ 1:10 pm:

    Cass
    I agree that AFSCME stands to lose the most. But i doubt Quinn doesn’t do a lockout. I think AFSCME loses because their messaging sucks. As incompetent as PQ is AFSCME standing there demanding more taxes from John Q public to fix IL ills then add a Strike the loss in public good will is what i think will end them.


  9. - Ready To Get Out - Thursday, Feb 21, 13 @ 1:15 pm:

    Cassiopeia - Just to enlighten you and others who are guessing. It has been emphasized at union meetings that if there is a “slight majority” on the authorization vote, the union will not attempt a strike. There would have to be a strong vote before they would even consider it.


  10. - TwoFeetThick - Thursday, Feb 21, 13 @ 1:21 pm:

    A point I’ve never seen raised, here or elsewhere, is if AFSCME strikes, will Democratic legislators cross the picket line? That would be one heckuva picture to get, especially for those members with strong union support in their district. I’m guessing they wouldn’t want that image plastered all over mail pieces. Will they be sneaking into the basement of the Capitol like Blago and Ryan used to do?


  11. - Fed up - Thursday, Feb 21, 13 @ 1:21 pm:

    It does seem that Quinn is pushing AFSCME to strike.


  12. - Jimbo - Thursday, Feb 21, 13 @ 1:24 pm:

    Divide and conquer, eh? Maybe the gov’s crack negotiation team isn’t as dumb as I thought.


  13. - OneMan - Thursday, Feb 21, 13 @ 1:33 pm:

    Well you can’t turn every large explicitly organized group in the Democratic base into an enemy and succeed. So might as well make a few of them friendly.


  14. - steve schnorf - Thursday, Feb 21, 13 @ 1:39 pm:

    Two thoughts. One, in my personal experience the Teamsters were always more reality based in their bargaining than AFSCME was.
    Two, I don’t know what Governor Quinn and legislators will do, but under Govs Edgar and Ryan, top staff were not allowed to cross picket lines of strikers, any time, any where.


  15. - Johnnie F. - Thursday, Feb 21, 13 @ 1:43 pm:

    So when did the GA apporopriate funds for this line item for these raises? Just more game playing and an attempt to divide and conquer the ranks. Expect the 42 million in unspent uncontested personnel money from last fiscal year to begin hitting employee bank accounts just as the strike is authorized. Divide and conquer. I won’t be fooled into trust.


  16. - steve schnorf - Thursday, Feb 21, 13 @ 1:47 pm:

    In fairness on the above, there were no strikes affecting state facilities.


  17. - cassandra - Thursday, Feb 21, 13 @ 2:10 pm:

    I hope the early release program has competent computer support. A computer-based risk assessment program to identify early release candidates to expedite the human side of the review would save a lot of administrative and supervisory time. This program needs to move quickly. Nobody should be in jail when they don’t need to be. Yet, in Illinois, home of medieval incarceration policies, I suspect thousands are.


  18. - Jeeper - Thursday, Feb 21, 13 @ 2:23 pm:

    I guess Quinn is more interested in avoiding a Teamsters strike than an AFSCME strike…

    Why?


  19. - Sir Reel - Thursday, Feb 21, 13 @ 2:28 pm:

    Keeper, remember what happened to Jimmy Hoffa when he crossed swords with the Teamsters?


  20. - Anyone Remember? - Thursday, Feb 21, 13 @ 2:34 pm:

    What was negotiated by the State and the Teamsters? Isn’t all “health care / retirement” negotiated with AFSCME, and everyone else is just salary and local working conditions / rules? If so, that would explain why the Teamsters are done and AFSCME isn’t.


  21. - Six Degrees of Separation - Thursday, Feb 21, 13 @ 2:40 pm:

    IDOT teamsters are responsible for overseeing 2 or 3 billion in capital program and other public works projects every year. Just sayin’.


  22. - walkinfool - Thursday, Feb 21, 13 @ 2:45 pm:

    Professional and predictable negotiation tactics do make a difference.


  23. - dupage dan - Thursday, Feb 21, 13 @ 2:50 pm:

    Mr Schnorf, in your opinion the fact that AFSCME is less accomodating doesn’t bode well for them, does it?


  24. - Ready To Get Out - Thursday, Feb 21, 13 @ 2:56 pm:

    dupage dan - What fact do you have that says AFSCME is less accomodating? Are you privy to what’s going on in negotiations?


  25. - Ready To Get Out - Thursday, Feb 21, 13 @ 2:57 pm:

    dupage dan - Sorry, other than what Abdon Pallasch says.


  26. - Original Rambler - Thursday, Feb 21, 13 @ 3:13 pm:

    No need to divide Teamsters and AFSCME; they’re already divided!

    I thought PQ was making all the right moves in AFSCME negotiations until this. Unless he’s trying to get them to strike. This can only serve to solidify the rank and file.


  27. - Former Merit Comp Slave - Thursday, Feb 21, 13 @ 3:44 pm:

    I agree Rambler. This is pouring salt in an already gaping wound. I had hopes before this news hit…..


  28. - Holdingontomywallet - Thursday, Feb 21, 13 @ 4:37 pm:

    It’s good to be the King; you can pick the winners and the losers with just a wave of the hand.


  29. - dupage dan - Thursday, Feb 21, 13 @ 5:05 pm:

    RTGO - other than public statements by the head of AFSCME and my own direct connection as a member, no.


  30. - Anon - Thursday, Feb 21, 13 @ 5:22 pm:

    Not all Teamsters got raises at IDOT. This was not across the board raises, but part of the last contract for individuals that werent at there midpoint.


  31. - tired of politics - Thursday, Feb 21, 13 @ 5:45 pm:

    Cass,
    Let me help you out. AFSCME will not authorize a strike without at least 90% support.My facility easily surpasses that percentage. When the actual proposals are made public you will see AFSCME is not being greedy.


  32. - Cornerfield - Thursday, Feb 21, 13 @ 6:53 pm:

    - “Not all Teamsters got raises at IDOT. This was not across the board raises, but part of the last contract for individuals that werent at there midpoint.”

    Not only that, but a person has to be in their current pay grade for more than 5 years before they start to get the “midpoint bump”. Once they get to the midpoint of their pay grade, the 3% annual adjustments stop.


  33. - Small Town Liberal - Thursday, Feb 21, 13 @ 6:58 pm:

    tired of politics - Greedy is pretty subjective during a recession.


  34. - DuPage Dave - Thursday, Feb 21, 13 @ 8:15 pm:

    From all the talk I’ve heard, the expectation is that about 15 percent of staff will show up to work on the first day of a strike. These are either the anti-union people in the bargaining unit or people afraid of missing a day’s pay.

    The other expectation is that by the fourth or fifth day about 25 to 30 percent of staff will report to work. Many state workers live paycheck to paycheck and will conclude that staying out of the office will have too big an impact on their ability to pay the rent.

    The state is counting on these people to provide a critical mass of workers to do essential work. There are so very few non-union workers now that the state can only function if enough union members ignore the strike and report to work.

    What is the breaking point? For the union there is some percentage of workers reporting to work that can’t be intimidated to stay away the makes the strike meaningless. For the state the concern is that some but not enough workers will show up to do the meaningful work that needs to get done. Will those who show up change their minds and walk out when unrealistic work demands are made of them, i.e., do the work of your three co-workers who are not here?

    Everyone is saying that the strike will happen about a week after the budget speech. The weather shouldn’t be too awful. I sure hope it does not happen, but it probably will.


  35. - truthteller - Thursday, Feb 21, 13 @ 10:16 pm:

    Despite the Governor”s attempt to gut their members’ pensions and pay thousands of dollars more for their health care, the Temos continue to give large contributions to Quinn
    AFSCME isn’t the only union not getting these raises. Neither are the FOP, INA,or the IFT, who all, like AFSCME, are not contributing to the Guv’s coffers.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Afternoon updates
* Hospitals back removal of income tax sunsets
* The other strategy
* *** UPDATED 1x *** Quinn onboard; Rauner latches onto term limits proposal
* Because Illinois is a real battleground state
* Quinn dodges Rahm question on "Morning Joe"
* Morning Shorts
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * Hulu Plus app now casts to PS3, PS4, Xbox One
        * Sony brings Lifelog, SmartBand fitness apps to non-Sony Androids
        * What will become of Google+?
        * Calling all filmmakers: Do you have what it takes to create Nokia’s next video?
        * Hidden WP8.1 USB settings uncovered with Bing’s help
        * Our favourite 5 new Windows Phone apps of the week
        * Apple, Samsung bicker over jury verdict form

        * Google+ Integration To End
        * Buffalo BSHSBE33 NFC-Enabled Bluetooth Headset
        * XCOM: Enemy Unknown Hits Android
        * EIZO FlexScan S1933 19-Inch LCD Monitor
        * IFTTT For Android Makes It Official Debut On Google Play
        * ASUS GeForce GT 640 Low-Profile Graphics Card
        * Google Testing New Mobile Search Redesign

        * Detroit Tigers 7, Chicago White Sox 4: Scherzer Stops Sox
        * Quintana solid, but drops finale in Detroit
        * Johnson starts homestand opener vs. Rays
        * Quintana solid, but drops finale in Detroit
        * Walks working against the White Sox' plans for the bullpen
        * Viciedo maturing at the plate
        * Beckham returns, thrust into starting lineup


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * Sosnowski, other state leaders respond to Gov. .....
        * Minimum- and low-wage workers react to Gov. Pat.....
        * Governor Pat Quinn press conference: Western Il.....


        * Man charged with giving girlfriend HIV
        * Man charged with giving girlfriend HIV
        * Ill. jobs screened for political ties after hiring
        * Ex-Marine sentenced to die in sailor's slaying
        * Quinn: Obama library should get private funds too
        * Twice-fired police chief charged with battery
        * Illinois governor praises work of slain doctor
        * Illinois researchers to study Washington mudslide
        * Severe storms loom across central US this weekend
        * Severe storms loom across central US this weekend

        * Bankruptcy court trial sought over $3.8 million paid to Parsons
        * Amazon takes hit in states with online tax, study says
        * State audit: Police training money misspent
        * Audit: Treasurer's office has 30 guns not given to police
        * Madigan: 'Misunderstanding' on Obama library vote
        * Madigan re-elected to lead state Democratic party
        * Hastert, other state Republicans supporting immigration reform
        * Lawsuit seeks investigation of hiring under Quinn
        * Patronage allegations give Rauner fodder in race against Quinn
        * Bill would get state police cruisers on road

        * Chicago City Council committee OKs plastic bag ban
        * Feds to review Northwestern bid to unionize
        * United stock takes biggest tumble since October 2011
        * Next up for CPS: Barack Obama College Prep
        * Bronze statue of Roger Ebert unveiled at Ebertfest


        * Priest in 2nd child abuse investigation won’t be alone with kids: archdiocese
        * Woman sexually assaulted near Matteson Metra station
        * Reject firefighter staffing bill
        * Chicago man charged with giving girlfriend HIV; wife died of AIDS
        * Trio charged with robbing stores, gas stations in city, suburbs
        * His wife died of AIDS, now Chicago man is charged with giving girlfriend HIV
        * Pedicab operators say a crackdown could put them out of business
        * Robo-calls on pension reform bill raise Rauner-Rahm rift
        * Truck fatally strikes semi driver taking picture of accident
        * Semi fatally strikes pedestrian in Noble Square


        * Illinois graduated income tax vote next week
        * Woman sexually assaulted in Matteson
        * Dutch man charged in Chicago with selling drugs for bitcoins
        * 1 dead, 4 injured in shootings
        * Ravinia sales brisk, but wait long, as ticket-buying opens
        * New Chicago high school to be named for Obama
        * Lawyers for men charged in NIU hazing death challenge law
        * Coach fired in Maine West hazing scandal fails to win back job
        * Illinoisans have lowest home-state opinions in the U.S., poll says
        * Mom on death penalty for Torrez: ""I only wish I could do it myself"


        * Secret recording shows Uber's efforts to poach Chicago cabbies
        * Springfield Ordinances for Lincoln's Funeral Unearthed
        * Illinois Finally Gets 'No Child Left Behind' Waiver
        * Chicago aldermen pass plastic bag ban
        * City Council panel passes plastic bag ban
        * Marian Anderson Tribute - 'The Concert That Shook The Establishment'
        * Organic foods sold by Walmart create fear among some organic farmers and farm advocates
        * Senator Kirk joins Revolution in backing Small BREW Act
        * Listen To State Week - April 18, 2014
        * Earth Friendly Event In Springfield This Weekend


        * State jobs screened for political rules after hires
        * Quinn: Obama library should get private funds too
        * Rauner skips GOP event over pastor's comments
        * Quinn backs term limits for constitutional officers
        * Rauner wants Quinn to release hiring documents
        * Bernard Schoenburg: Barr borrowed late in sheriff campaign to keep ads flowing
        * Cristal Thomas: Protecting Illinois’ pregnant workers shouldn’t be a heavy lift
        * Remap group says it is not political
        * Quinn clout hiring faces scrutiny
        * Judge OKs use of lawmaker's post-arrest statement


        * Farm truck crossing railroad tracks hit by passenger train
        * UPDATED: Passenger train hits farm truck near Savoy
        * ISU rehires fired grounds worker
        * Lawnmowers taken from Lowe's
        * Train hits farm implement near Savoy
        * Updated: New Central High School site proposed
        * I-74 bridge meeting draws large crowd
        * Updated: Ebert knew about plans for statue
        * Robber sentenced to 10 years in prison
        * Three charged with Social Security fraud


        * The 10th District money race
        * Aurora Democrat calls out IHSA
        * Lawyers: Ill. hazing law vague, unconstitutional
        * Ill. House OKs lower-cost hunting bill for seniors
        * Quinn’s running mate takes new consulting job

        * Rep. Lipinski Reviews Operations at Hanson...
        * Lipinski announces 2014 Congressional Art ...
        * Lipinski seeks artistic submissions - The ...
        * Lemont VFW honors Vietnam veterans - Subur...
        * Lipinski Votes to Protect the Paychecks of...
        * Meet the 8 House Dems who don't co-sponsor...
        * Jeff Vorva's Editor's Notebook: In this ca...
        * Rep. Lipinski to Honor Vietnam Veterans at...
        * Rep. Lipinski Helps Secure Funds for Safet...
        * Rep. Lipinski Reviews Operations at Hanson...

        * Loading Koch Industries Website Too Many T......
        * Maryland and DC among worst for food aller......
        * Cleveland State University to reestablish ......
        * Convicted political boss Al Sanchez runnin......
        * Candidates make last filings for local, st......

        * Illinois Lt. Gov. Simon opposes pension le......
        * Dillard Odd Man Out on Pension Deal Reaction...
        * Sen. Mark Kirk sides with Rauner on pensio......
        * Governor's race infighting threatens pensi......
        * SCHOONERS - Home of Everyone's Favorite Be......

        * Major Oil & Gas Firm To List Drilling Chemicals
        * Durbin Says FDA E-Cigarette Regulations Don't Go Far Enough
        * Herbalife Punished 600 Distributors For Medical Claims: ABC News
        * Harmon To Push For Graduated Tax Vote Next Week
        * Madigan blames Tea Party for $100M Obama Library re-vote
        * Oberweis remains committed to border security, immigration law enforcement
        * One In Ten U.S. Bridges In Urgent Need Of Repair: Report
        * Chicago Plastic Bag Ban Clears Committee, Heads To Full City Council
        * Quinn Announces Support For Term Limits For Statewide Lawmakers
        * Chicago High School To Be Named After Obama


        * Cases of Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and HIV on the Rise Nationally - Residents Are Encouraged to Get Tested for STDs
        * State Insurance Regulators Urge Property Owners to Review/Add Coverage to Protect from Floods & Water Damage - Most homeowners’ policies do not cover flood damage
        * Governor Quinn Statement on New Proposal to Enact Term Limits for Constitutional Officers
        * Statement from Governor Quinn on the Passing of Dr. Jerry Umanos
        * Governor Quinn Proclaims “Wrigley Field Day” - Home of the Chicago Cubs Turns 100 Years Old Today




            Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller