AFSCME Tentative Agreement: What You Need to Know
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) has recently reached a tentative agreement with the Illinois Governor`s Office on a new contract. This agreement will affect more than 38,000 state workers, including employees in healthcare, corrections, and public safety.
Here`s what you need to know about the AFSCME tentative agreement:
1. Pay Raises
The agreement includes a series of pay raises over the next four years. This includes a 2.1% raise in the first year, followed by 2.25% raises in each of the following three years.
2. Health Insurance
The agreement will also offer state workers a choice of four different health insurance plans. These plans will have varying costs and levels of coverage, allowing employees to choose the plan that best fits their needs.
3. Time Off
The tentative agreement also includes an increase in time off for state workers. This includes an extra paid day off for personal reasons, an extra paid day off for family reasons, and an increase in vacation time.
4. Pension Plan
The pension plan for state workers will remain unchanged under the agreement. However, there will be an increase in the state`s contribution to the plan, which will help ensure its long-term stability.
5. No Layoffs
One of the most important parts of the AFSCME tentative agreement is the promise of no layoffs for state workers. This is a significant achievement given the current economic climate and the financial pressures facing many state governments.
Overall, the AFSCME tentative agreement offers significant benefits for state workers. The pay raises, increased time off, and choice of health insurance plans will be a welcome relief for many employees. Additionally, the promise of no layoffs will provide a greater sense of job security for state workers.
While the agreement is still tentative, it is expected to be ratified by AFSCME members in the coming weeks. If approved, the agreement will be a significant achievement for both the union and state workers.