Workers Protest

On October 1st, nearly 50 fellow AFSCME Council 31 held an informational picket in Quincy in protest of the governor’s lay-off plan.

http://www.whig.com/story/news/Picketers-100209

Closer to home, about a dozen fellow AFSCME members picketed outside KMSU to protest the closing of that facility.

http://daily-journal.com/archives/dj/display.php?id=446210

Retirees To Start Paying Portion Of Their Dental Benefits

The Pantagraph is reporting that beginning in October state retirees will have to pay the same amount for dental insurance as current state employees.

“The union had no warning of this policy change and we will use contractual, legal, and other tools to attempt to reverse this action by the Quinn administration,” Council 31 Executive Director Henry Bayer said on the union’s Web site.”

http://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/article_1b7cd47e-91b2-11de-ae5b-001cc4c002e0.html

Quinn grapples with prison cuts amid budget mess

From The Carmi Times

“Close some prisons. Release low-risk inmates and hire more parole officers. Send imprisoned illegal immigrants to their home countries. Save hundreds of millions of dollars…Gov. Pat Quinn won’t publicly tip his hand”

Read the full article here:

http://www.carmitimes.com/news/x772312446/Quinn-grapples-with-prison-cuts-amid-budget-mess

Governor, AFSCME Meeting

The State Journal-Register reported that Governor Quinn and Council 31 executive director Henry Bayer met for 90 minutes on Monday Aug. 17th. The article said that the meeting was “to discuss possible contract concessions”, but then quotes the governors office as saying the meeting was “conductive” and was about “ways the union can help the state save money”. The article did not quote¬† the governors office as saying they were looking for any contract concessions. Whether they are or not can’t be substantiated from the article.

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