The Rauner administration didn’t intimidate employees or unilaterally change contract terms with the state’s largest public employees union when, over the summer, Central Management Services posted a website answering questions about the potential of a strike. That’s according to the Illinois Labor Relations Board State Panel. In the decision upheld last week the panel says the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees Council 31 failed to raise an issue of fact or law sufficient to warrant a hearing on the matter.
The state posted a frequently asked questions website for employees about concerns over a possible employee strike. The website said striking employees would still receive health insurance but would be responsible for the full cost, including the amount normally contributed by the state on behalf of the employee, for any day missed during the period of a strike. AFSCME said that was a unilateral change and intimidating. The panel upheld the dismissal of the case last week. Multiple calls seeking comment from AFSCME were not immediately returned Tuesday. AFSMCE and other large public-sector unions are still months without a contract after their previous pact with state expired this summer.