UNION REPS SAY CONCESSIONS WILL NOT BE ENOUGH
Union representatives contend that even if union employees took furlough days and did without pay increases, the state would see at least 1,000 layoffs.
AFSCME noted that the sacrifices made on behalf of the AFSCME employees would provide limited financial assistance to the state. Instead, union leaders suggested Illinois alter or terminate expensive state contracts and reduce the number of top-tier employees.
According to the Governor’s office, the union’s refusal to reopen its contracts means hundreds of state workers will be laid off beginning in September.
The Administration said that staff will continue to meet and negotiate with other unions. Many non-union state workers have already begun to take up to 12 furlough days.
GOVERNOR PREVIOUSLY PROPOSED MORE LAYOFFS
The Governor had previously proposed 2,600 layoffs as part of his projected $1 billion in state budget cuts.
LARGE NUMBER OF LAYOFFS ARE PRISON WORKERS
A large number of these dismissals would be state prison employees from correctional facilities across Illinois, including East Moline, Lincoln, Decatur, Vandalia and Vienna.
SENATE GOP SUGGESTED NO INCREASES IN SPENDING
During the budget negotiations, Senate Republicans suggested holding state spending at previous levels in order to reduce the state’s massive budget shortfall and avoid mass layoffs.
2009 LEGISLATIVE NEWSLETTER
My 2009 legislative newsletter has been published and inserted into several regional newspapers during the last week. In case you have not seen it, I have attached it to this e-mail as a .pdf document. It will also be up on my Web site – http://brady.senategop.net/ – very soon.