* As we discussed yesterday, AFSCME has offered to “jumpstart” its stalled contract talks by agreeing to a four-year base wage freeze and increased health insurance costs. Here is the Rauner administration reply…
Hi, Rich –
Wanted to make sure you had this on AFSCME letter…
The bi-partisan Labor Relations Board ruled unanimously that AFSCME and the state are at impasse. AFSCME’s latest framework does not bridge the more than $3 billion gap between the parties. Instead of this superficial letter, we invite AFSCME to drop its litigation blocking the administration’s last, best, and final offer and work with us on implementing common sense proposals like earning overtime for working over 40 hours in a week, using volunteers, and creating workplace safety programs.
I still don’t get where they come up with that $3 billion gap between the two sides.
But, anyway, if you were hoping for some movement, you are out of luck unless the union goes a lot further.