Rauner Administration Argues Shouldn’t Be Responsible for “Step Increases” Due to Stalled Contract Talks

The Rauner administration is arguing that it should not be on the hook for more than three years’ worth of “step increases” that are owed to state workers.

The governor’s office says the state should only have to pay increases from July of 2015… when the last contract with AFSCME expired… until January of 2016, when Rauner declared an impasse in the contract talks.

AFSCME argues that without a new contract, the provisions of the previous agreement, including the step increases, remain in effect. An appeals court has already ruled that the increases should be paid, but sent the case back to the state Labor Relations Board to figure out how to do that.

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