In response to Gov. Pat Quinn's decision to freeze state worker pay, the American Federation of State and City Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 31 will be setting up statewide picket lines tomorrow at more than 75 locations "in defense of collective bargaining."
In an attempt to ease the state's budget woes, Quinn sent notices to 14 state agencies and employee unions stating that the 2 percent raises outlined in public worker contracts would not be honored because lawmakers failed to allocate enough money for the pay increases in the FY 2012 budget.
"If the state paid these increases, the impacted agencies would not be able to make payroll for the entire fiscal year, preventing them from continuing operations and providing core services to the people of Illinois," Quinn's spokeswoman Mica Matsoff said in a statement at the beginning of the month.
But officials for AFSCME, the union representing thousands of state employees, say public workers have already done their fair share to help ease the budget crisis.
"AFSCME members have already renegotiated their contract with Gov. Quinn to help balance the state budget," reads a press release announcing tomorrow's informational picket lines. "They have agreed to defer parts of three negotiated wage increases, made changes to their health plan resulting in tens of millions of dollars in savings to the state, and taken thousands of unpaid furlough days."
AFSCME has filed a federal lawsuit against Quinn and the state of Illinois as a result of the pay freeze affecting some 30,000 workers. The union has also begun arbitration proceedings to get the contractual pay raises paid out. Briefs for the proceedings are due to the arbitrator on July 18.
“AFSCME members do the real work of state government, such as caring for the disabled, preventing child abuse, guarding state prisons and much more,” AFSCME Council 31 executive director Henry Bayer said. “These hard-working men and women deserve to know that their employer, the governor, will keep his word and honor his commitments under the law.”
The informational picket lines are scheduled to be set up at the following locations at the times designated below:
Bilandic Building, 160 N La Salle St. — 12:15 p.m.
Children and Family Services office, 1026 S Damen — Noon
Illinois Youth Center, 100 N. Western — 1 p.m.
Read Mental Health Center, 4200 N Oak Park Ave. — 2:30 p.m.
Willard Ice Building, 101 West Jefferson — Noon
Bloom Building, 201 South Grand Ave — Noon
Alton Mental Health Center, 4500 College Avenue — 12:15 p.m.
Lake St. and Indian Trail Rd. (Route 31 N.) — 12:30 p.m.
Illinois River Correctional Center, State Road 97 — 2:15 p.m.
Murray Center, 1535 West McCord — 3 p.m.
Employment Security office, 1307 N Mattis Ave — Noon
Menard Correctional Center on Lehmen Drive — 3:00 p.m.
Danville Correctional Center, 3820 East Main Street — 3:15 p.m.
Decatur Correctional Center, 2310 East Mound Road — 3 p.m.
Dixon Arch, 309 S. Galena Ave — 3:30 p.m.
Fox Developmental Center on Route 17 — 2:30 p.m.
East Moline Correctional Center, 100 Hillcrest Rd — 3:30 p.m.
East St. Louis
East St. Louis Regional Office Bldg., #10 Collinsville Ave. — 5:30 p.m.
Elgin Mental Health Center, South Gate, 750 South State Street — Noon
Hill Correctional Center, 600 Linwood Rd. — 3 p.m.
IYC-Harrisburg, 1201 W. Poplar (Rt. 13) — 4:00 p.m.
Madden Mental Health Center, Roosevelt Rd & 1st Ave. — 1 p.m.
Big Muddy Correctional Center, 251 N. IL Hwy. 37 — 2 p.m.
South Main Street and Morton Avenue — 3:30 p.m.
Illinois State Police building, 260 N Chicago Street — 12:15 p.m.
Stateville Correctional Center, 16830 S. Rt. 53 — 3 p.m.
Illinois Youth Center, 2848 W. McDonough — 2 p.m.
Shapiro Developmental Center, 100 E. Jeffrey — 11:30 a.m.
Illinois Youth Center, 2021 Kentville Road — 2:30 p.m.
Lincoln and Logan Correctional Centers, 1096 1350th St. — 3:15 p.m.
Department of Human Services, 1107 W. DeYoung — 12:30 p.m.
Western Illinois Correctional Center, 2500 Rt. 99 South — 3 p.m.
Illinois Youth Center, Route 13 at Elza Brantley Dr. — 2 p.m.
Ludeman Developmental Center, North and Orchard — 1 p.m.
Pinckneyville Correctional Center, 5835 State Rt. 154 — 3 p.m.
Pontiac Correctional Center, 700 W Lincoln St. — 3 p.m.
Robinson Correctional Center, 13423 East 1150th Avenue — 3:15 p.m.
Sheridan Correctional Center, 4017 E. 2603 Rd. — 3 p.m.
Illinois Youth Center, 445 Lincoln Hwy. — 1 p.m.
Lawrence Correctional Center, Route 50 — 3:15 p.m.