The state’s collective bargaining agreement with union employees is scheduled to expire July 1, and while there’s no deal yet, the Governor and AFSCME Council 31 say they’re extending negotiations another month to come up with a compromise that will affect the pay, health insurance costs, overtime, promise and work rules of the state’s more than 40,000 unionized employees.
The following joint statement form the Governor’s General Counsel and from AFSCME Council 31 was released on June 25:
“Today AFSCME Council 31 and the Governor’s Office reached an agreement that precludes the possibility of a strike or lockout for a one-month period after the state’s collective bargaining agreement with AFSCME Council 31 expires on June 30. This agreement preserves all legal and contractual rights of the parties as of the contract expiration date. More importantly, it allows both sides to continue to negotiate during the month of July without the threat of disruption to important public services.”