„With this interim agreement, Illinois has reversed another important side of years of brutal ideological war,“ Pritzker said in a statement after a tentative agreement was reached. „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. It`s unbelievable. Another thing Rauner refused to punish the poor and civil servants. BTW, Dave W will increase you at work? Several sources confirmed this morning that AFSCME and state negotiators reached an agreement in the early hours of the morning. I`ll update this article with press releases, etc. in a bit. Meanwhile, Council 31 Executive Director Roberta Lynch, CMS Chief Negotiator Robb Craddock, shakes hands… Thank you to a loving God, a new contract.
I appreciate the hard work and hours that our negotiating team has worked for. I also appreciate the management that is working hard to conclude the agreement. This shows that we were very close to an agreement. We returned to the negotiating table in February (?) 2019, after Rauner unilaterally broke the deadlock in January 2015 (?). I`ve been remembering this data for so long. Again, thank God it is good to see that an agreement has been reached. I hope that all Illinois residents will be able to see the details of this agreement before it is implemented. With all the new taxes coming on the market, the full transparency of this treaty is good government. During the budget crisis in Illinois, the state could not afford the increase planned for July 1, 2011. AFSCME Council 31 sued the Cook County Circuit Court.
AFSCME won the trial at the experimental level. The state appealed and lost to the Court of Appeal. The case was then referred to the Illinois Supreme Court. The court found that the sentence was contrary to Illinois public policy and quashed the convictions obtained by AFSCME Council 31 at the appelnce and trial courts.  Only me (and Dave W) – Do you reject the idea that you only get what you pay for? If public servants are so overpaid, why not work for the state? Early in the morning, the government of Governor JB Pritzker and AFSCME Council 31 – Illinois` largest union of public servants – agreed on a new contract. The new contract comes after months of negotiations between AFSCME and the Pritzker administration – and nearly four years of conflict with former governor Bruce Rauner, who retired in January 2016 and refused to meet with the union bargaining committee for the remainder of his term. Instead, Rauner had tried to unilaterally impose his extreme demands – including doubling workers` health costs and removing protections against privatization programs – but was stopped by the courts. The new agreement will enter into force immediately and expire on June 30, 2023. The previous contract expired at the end of June 2015. According to the Crain`s Chicago case, the arbitrator ruled that the union could not prove that the Rauner administration had acted unlawfully or violated the language of the contract for dismissals. The arbitrator said that the administration had the right to exercise broad powers to deal with the budget crisis.  This is a talking point that is deliberately said by those who want to mount public servants against taxpayers. It`s supposed to fuel resentment, jealousy and hatred.
But people who say it professionally are themselves rich or represent millionaires and anti-union billionaires.