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Letter: Negotiating with Quinn

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

To the Editor:

We support collective bargaining rights in Illinois.                                                           

Unions representing state employees are currently in negotiations with the Quinn administration for contracts covering more than 40,000 state employees.

Gov. Quinn has refused to honor pay increases negotiated in the last collective bargaining agreement despite an arbitrator’s ruling that this clearly violates the union contract. 

On Nov. 20, 2012, Quinn acted unilaterally and without any cause to terminate the state’s contract with AFSCME, the largest state employee union.

The governor seems to be seeking to sabotage collective bargaining and to deprive state employees of union rights and protections on the job.

Our state employees are a vital part of our community who help preserve public safety, protect our natural resources, provide assistance in emergencies and disasters, aid the elderly and disabled, and much more.

A fair wage earned by state employees is a vital element that helps to sustain our local economy.

The right to collective bargaining is fundamental to a free and open society and should not be arbitrarily abrogated.

Quinn must immediately rescind his order to terminate the state’s contract with AFSCME and to negotiate in good faith with all of the unions representing state workers to reach fair settlements.

AFSCME Local 813 City of DeKalb, Local 963 Northern Illinois University, Local 3537 DeKalb County, and Local 3957 City of Sycamore, support state workers in our communities in their fight for fair contracts with the State of Illinois.

Darlene Seilheimer

President, AFSCME Local 963

317 S. Franklin Ave.Polo, IL 61064

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