ILRB urges Gov. Rauner to restore union members' step increases

ILRB urges Gov. Rauner to restore union members' step increases. (FILE)

The Illinois Labor Relations Board issued a decision and order regarding step increases owed to state employees July 10.

The decision and order comes after the Rauner Administration froze the increases in 2015.

After Gov. Bruce Rauner froze the step increases, the unin filed a grievance and won in court. This spring, 1,000 union members turned out at the State Capitol to push Rauner to restore movement through the pay plan.

Specifically, the board ordered the state and CMS to take the following actions:

  • Restore the union members' step increases
  • Make whole all employees for losses incurred, including back pay with interest at seven percent
  • Post this notice for 60 days
  • Notify the board in writing within 20 days of the steps the state has taken to comply with these orders

“Bruce Rauner has wronged employees for more than three years, preventing the movement through the step plan that was one of the conditions on which they were hired,” AFSCME Council 31 Executive Director Roberta Lynch said in a press release. “We appreciate the Labor Board’s decisive action on this matter. It’s far past time for the governor to place every employee on the appropriate step and make them whole for all losses incurred since 2015.”

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