Rauner is Hurting Illinois: Rally in Springfield May 18
Join the Illinois AFL-CIO, Illinois Working Together, AFSCME, affiliates, and coalition partners in a march and rally against Bruce Rauner and the devastation he is causing our state. Rauner's "Turnaround" Agenda is an all-out attack on working people in our state. He wants to drive down wages and benefits and take away our right to have a voice at work through our union. It is time to make Illinois work for all.
Rauner is clearly out to wreck our state's renowned public university system. He's starved state universities for resources--forcing layoffs and program cutbacks. With their budgets slashed, university administrators are pushing employees for concessions--furloughs, pay givebacks, and more. At the same time Rauner is trying to impose contract terms on state employees that include a 100% increase in employee health care costs--aiming to pass those huge increases onto university employees, too.
The rally will take place on Wednesday, May 18. Participants will assemble at 5th and Washington at 11am and march to the Governor's Mansion. A rally at the State Capitol will follow the march.
Please do not use University e-mail to discuss or make arrangements to attend the rally. Local 2887 is putting together a group to attend the rally. Please contact Anne Hunter at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in attending. We will be leaving the SIUE campus at 9am.
A downloadable version of the flier can be found here. You can RSVP for the event on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/1696277397279177/.
Statehouse Rally to Save Higher Education
The Illinois Coalition to Invest in Higher Education is sponsoring a massive rally to get the attention of the legislators and governor to find a funding solution for Illinois colleges and universities.
There is power in numbers, so all are invited to join: students and their families, alumni, faculty and staff, business and local chambers of commerce, and legislators. All University employees are strongly encouraged to attend. Longer lunch breaks are expected to be authorized so that employees are able to attend; supervisors are directed to contact the Chancellor's Office with questions. Transportation from the SIUE campus is being arranged.
Please do not use University e-mail to discuss or make arrangements to attend the rally.
The rally will take place in Springfield on Wednesday, April 20. Participants are asked to arrive at noon, and the rally starts at 12:30pm. The rally will begin at the Illinois Education Association parking lot at 100 E. Edwards, near 2nd Street. After the rally ends around 1:00pm, participants will be asked to go over to the Capitol to talk with their legislators about the importance of funding a solution.
A downloadable version of the flier can be found here.
Health Insurance Meetings Highlight Drastic Proposal
Local 2887 held a special meeting on Wednesday, March 30 to provide information on the drastic changes the Governor is proposing to our health insurance premiums and coverage. Additional meetings were offered on Thursday, April 7 and Monday, April 11. Our Council 31 Staff Representative delivered the presentation and answered questions regarding the proposal and how the state contract fight impacts University employees.
Council 31 has shared the following: The Rauner Administration has broken off state contract negotiations with AFSCME and is refusing to return to the bargaining table. Instead Rauner is pressing the Labor Board to allow him to impose his so-called "last, best and final" offer on state employees. One part of that "offer" is drastic increases in health care costs. If those changes are implemented, the Rauner Administration has said that it intends to also impose those same increases on all others who participate in the state health plan, including state university employees and retirees.
If the Governor succeeds, all university employees will see significant increases to premium costs, co-pays, and deductibles. The changes he is proposing would increase employee health care costs by an average of $3,100 in FY17 and by more than $10,000 over the next three years. Employees with multiple dependents or serious health conditions could see cost increases of over $5,000 in FY17 and $17,000 or more over the next three years depending on salary and type of plan.
FY17 EMPLOYEE ONLY ANNUAL EMPLOYEE PREMIUM CONTRIBUTION (Health and Dental)
MANAGED CARE PLANS QUALITY CARE PLAN Current
Less than $30,200
FY17 EMPLOYEE + 2 DEPENDENTS ANNUAL EMPLOYEE PREMIUM CONTRIBUTION (Health and Dental)
MANAGED CARE PLANS QUALITY CARE PLAN Current
Less than $30,200 $2,958
All Local 2887 members are being asked to support passage of HB 580, which would require that the state contract dispute be submitted to an impartial arbitrator for resolution. The bill has passed both houses of the General Assembly, but Rauner has vowed to veto it.
Call to Action: Ask Legislators to Override Gov. Rauner's Expected Veto of HB 580
Illinois has no budget because Gov. Rauner is holding the state hostage to his anti-worker agenda. He's taking the same my-way-or-no-way approach with state employees, terminating our contract negotiations--which includes negotiations on health insurance coverage for state university employees--even though our union has made clear that we stand ready to continue negotiating.
Now Rauner says he'll veto HB 580, which would allow a neutral arbitrator to help reach a fair agreement for everyone without interrupting essential services. He wants to impose his own harsh contract terms on state employees.
Legislators should override Gov. Rauner's soon-to-come veto of the fair arbitration bill, HB 580. The Veto Override Motion could come before the House of Representatives as early as April 14.
Here's what you can do:
- TODAY: Call 1-888-912-5959, the AFSCME toll-free hotline to be connected directly to your state representative. You only need your zip code to be connected.
- IN ONE WEEK: Write a personal note and send via US mail to your legislator.
- IN TWO WEEKS: Send an email to your state representative and state senator.
HERE'S OUR MESSAGE: Governor Rauner is refusing to negotiate with state employees--and trying to impose huge health care cost increases on us. I urge you to vote to override the governor's veto of HB 580 and help us achieve contract terms that are fair to all.
Additional Health Insurance Informational Meetings Scheduled
Local 2887 held a special meeting on Wednesday, March 30 to provide information on the drastic changes the Governor is proposing to our health insurance premiums and coverage. If he succeeds, all university employees will see significant increases to premium costs, co-pays, and deductibles.
To accommodate as many of our members as possible, we have added two more sessions to review this information. One will be held at the Alton campus on Thursday, April 7th at 12pm in Roller Hall. The second will be held at 5pm on Monday, April 11th on the Edwardsville campus. The second floor conference room of Lovejoy Library (LB2017) has been reserved, however space is limited. If you plan on attending the April 11th meeting, please RSVP to Anne Hunter by Thursday, April 7th so an alternate meeting space can be arranged if needed.
A representative from Council 31 will be presenting the information and answering questions.