Notice To Appeal Filed in Lay-off Lawsuit

The Quinn administration has oficially filed a notice to appeal the injunction that halted the lay-offs that were scheduled on Sep. 30th. The notice was filed on Oct. 9th, but doesn’t specify on what grounds the appeal is going to be made, any legal arguments supporting the grounds, or even when the formal appeal will be filed.

http://www.sj-r.com/homepage/x1128405930/Madigan-announces-appeal-in-layoffs-lawsuit

Lay-off Links

I found a couple of interesting links concerning the current lay-off situation.

The first deals with the effects of lay-offs. The second asks the question “Is Laying Off State Workers A Fix?”

http://www.illinoistimes.com/Springfield/article-6422-springfields-shrinking-state-workforce.html

http://gapersblock.com/mechanics/2009/09/08/does-firing-state-workers-decreaes-our-deficit/

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

Change of Venue Sought in Union Lawsuit

“Illinois state agencies being sued by a union hoping to block Gov. Pat Quinn’s plan to lay off about 2,600 state employees want the case shifted to Springfield instead of southern Illinois.”

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/economy/ap/59239517.html


State to move forward with layoffs

On Sep 4th The Southerner reported that the state is going forward with it’s first round of lay-offs after the Union refused to re-open the contract. No mention was made of the lawsuit to stop the lay-offs.

http://thesouthern.com/news/breaking/article_c1782954-0eac-5cbc-bfb7-a78f03c4b607.html

Union Fights Lay-Offs With Lawsuit

In an attempt to block more than 500 upcoming lay-offs,  AFSCME Council 31 has filed a lawsuit. The suit was filed on August 24th in Johnson County. A preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 23rd at 9 A.M.

You can find the lawsuit and exhibits in the Documents section on the right.

http://www.afscme31.org/articleDetail.asp?objectID=1445

http://thecapitolfaxblog.com/2009/09/03/afscme-rejects-proposed-11-to-15-percent-pay-cut-layoffs/

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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At least 26 states spend less on prisons

From stateline.org

A $1 billion cost-cutting plan announced last week by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) will translate into layoffs for more than a thousand state prison workers.”

http://www.stateline.org/live/details/story?contentId=418338