AFSCME contract ratification votes begin

By WEEK Producer

AFSCME contract ratification votes begin

March 6, 2013 Updated Mar 6, 2013 at 1:12 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Contract ratification votes have begun for the state's largest employee union.

After 15 months of negotiations, a tentative agreement was reached last week between AFSCME leaders and the Quinn Administration.

The deal includes a 2 percent wage hike for the more than 35,000 union members in each of the last two years of the three-year contract. A wage freeze would take place in the first.

Step increases will be restored and, any employees who were denied those increases, will receive retroactive payments.

However, the deal does require workers to pay more of their own health insurance costs.

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