AFSCME local union OKs contract for 1,000 U of I staffers

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A large University of Illinois employee union has approved a three-year contract with the Urbana-Champaign campus.

Local 3700 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees OK’d the pact tentatively agreed to last month.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports the deal affects about 1,000 clerical, child-care, library support staff and other university employees, along with about 300 in University of Illinois Extension offices across the state.

The agreement provides a 2.5 percent across-the-board pay increase dating to Aug. 31, 2014, the same given to other employees last summer.

Longevity and “step” pay increases typically earned as employees gain seniority are frozen during the deal.
Child-development workers will also get a one-time $200 bonus on July1.

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