* From the Illinois Policy Institute’s news service…
Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration wants to abolish step increases, or scheduled raises based on time in service, according to the state’s largest public-employee union.
The Rauner administration, however, says that’s a stretch of the truth and argues the governor has never proposed a compensation system based solely on merit.
Council 31 of the the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees told its members that the administration has “clearly stated across the bargaining table that … (the state’s) demands include not just a step freeze, but the abolition of the step plan in state government.”
The union says Rauner is taking a no-compromise approach that belies his stance before the legislators and the public, according to the memo obtained by WMAY Radio in Springfield.
* As noted, the story was originally broken by WMAY. Many thanks to my buddy Jim Leach for sending me a copy. Click for a larger image…
* Full response from the governor’s office…
AFSCME members should ask their leaders to start telling them the truth because this bulletin is false and misleading.
The Governor has never proposed eliminating step increases. In fact, he has proposed a temporary freeze until the budget is balanced and the State can once again afford to pay automatic increases.
The Governor has never proposed eliminating protections against privatization. In fact, he has proposed expanding those protections by giving the union the right, it currently does not have, to be awarded a contract if it can meet or exceed the savings from private companies.
The Governor has never proposed eliminating worker protections from layoffs. In fact, the Governor has proposed that workers identified for layoffs could move into any open vacancy for which they are qualified before that vacancy can be filled by a non-state employee.
The Governor has never proposed a compensation system based solely on merit. In fact, the Governor proposed a bonus system that would include an automatic immediate bonus to every AFSCME employee before January 1, 2016 and additional bonuses to those employees with exceptional performance based on objective performance standards.
The Governor has also guaranteed that at least 25% of the state workforce will receive these performance bonuses every year of the contract. AFSCME has made clear that it does not want its exceptional employees paid more for their hard work and outstanding performance.