A tentative agreement on a new union contract for approximately 35,000 state employees has been reached between Governor Pat Quinn and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31.
The two groups have been in negotiations for over 15 months and details of the three-year contract were not released.
"At a time when the state is facing unprecedented financial challenges, this agreement is fair to both hard-working state employees and all taxpayers of Illinois," Governor Quinn said. "I want to thank the women and men who have stayed at the table for more than a year for their commitment to reaching an agreement."
"AFSCME is very pleased that we were able to reach an agreement that protects our members' standard of living, and is fair to them and all Illinois citizens, even in these very challenging economic times," AFSCME Council 31 executive director Henry Bayer said.
Any contract negotiated by elected bargaining officials must be ratified by AFSCME members. That process is expected to begin sometime next week.
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