Wednesday, December 3, 2008

AFSCME UPDATE for PSA Option 6 Employees

Council 31-

It’s been a long time coming. But at last there is good news to report from the Labor Board!

As of December 2, 2008, the Illinois Public Employee Labor Relations Board has certified AFSCME Council 31 as the collective bargaining agent for Public Service Administrators, Option 6.

AFSCME’s original representation petition sought to incorporate Option 6 employees into our RC-62/63 bargaining unit. However, as a result of issues which arose from SEIU’s petition, the Labor Board insisted on certifying Option 6 employees as a new, separate bargaining unit. The Union is now in discussions with the State . We are seeking to include PSA Option 6 employees under the language in the AFSCME Master Contract for RC-62/63 employees, We are hopeful that this issue will be resolved quickly so that you can have the full protection of an AFSCME contract immediately.

We know how important those contractual rights are to you. And AFSCME has done everything possible to push the Labor Board and CMS to move swiftly to resolve outstanding issues so that you can become full and active participants in the Union.

Despite the delay in certification, the union was successful in preventing management’s scheduled layoffs of CFS Option 6 employees along with those of other CFS employees scheduled to take place on December 1. But now you have an official bargaining agent and the protections that brings.

In the coming weeks, Council 31 will be moving forward to schedule regional meetings with PSA's across the State. The meeting notices will go out shortly. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact Greg Popek at 1-800-697-4645 ext. 5383.
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