SPRINGFIELD, Ill -- An internal memo leaked to a Springfield Political website indicates that Governor Quinn and the state's biggest employee's union are very far apart in their contract talks.
In fact, the AFSCME e-mail quoted by Capitol Fax says the talks are "at a virtual standstill". AFSCME workers' contract with the state ended in June, but the talks are supposed to be on-going.
If you want to know why AFSCME has been sending what it calls "Quinn Truth Squads" after the Governor, here's one reason: the ASFCME memo quoted in Capitol Fax said the Quinn administration's proposal has proposed moving all employees down two pay grades in the first year of the contract, then freeze wages and steps for the remaining two years.
For many employees, this would represent a $10,000 pay cut.
A Quinn budget spokesman is quoted as saying that with the proposed cuts, state workers would be better off than their counter-parts in other states.
The two sides are supposed to meet again early next month.