Lack of Union Deal Won’t Impact Current Wages, But No Raises

(AP) A memo issued Wednesday from the Illinois Department of Central Management Services tells its workers that once their union contract expires June 30, the agency is no longer required to process grievances over issues that arise after July 1, and that no wage increases will take place after that time. The memo says the agency is currently in the process of negotiating successor agreements with the labor unions that represent State employees and that the current collective bargaining agreements with the unions expire on June 30, 2015. The agency says it remains hopeful that it can reach agreement on the terms of successor contracts with all of the labor unions before June 30th, but is doubtful it can succeed with every union. Until new terms are negotiated, employees will continue to be paid their current wages and will remain at their current steps and/or in-hire rate. However, according to the memo, no wage, in-hire, or step/lane increases, or semi-automatic advancements should be awarded under an expired agreement. The agency states that once a contract has expired the State is only required to process grievances over facts that arose before July 1st or a grievance that involve a right that accrued under the expired agreement, such as a denial of a vacation previously approved pursuant to the expired agreement, must be processed.