Letter from the President:
Gary Kroeschel

On 08/29/13, we held a negotiation session with CMS and BCCS over the “contemplating” the Outsourcing of End User Computing (EUC). Representing BCCS was Rich Fetter, Julie Moscardelli and Contractor/Kerry Wycoff. Rich claims this is a efficiency issue not a financial issue, even though they supplied projected cost savings document if they used contractors vs. State of Illinois employees. They admitted the lack of staffing is the biggest issue there and everywhere within BCCS. CMS and BCCS also admitted EUC has never pushed out so many desktop pc’s and laptops; over 8000 in the last year with less staff. This whole thing stinks and sadly there seemed to be zero remorse on the employer’s side. We are going to try and schedule the next meeting in September.

Our team walked away feeling that CMS and BCCS believes this is a done deal and they are only going through the motions, we hope we are wrong. We will continue to fight this fight, if we allow it here, where will it stop.. – Gary Kroeschel President (Local 2224)

I would like to compliment CMS BCCS – particularly End User Computing (EUC) – management and staff for a very successful EEV/IES PC roll-out. Over the course of calendar year 2013, CMS has installed more than 4,100 PCs and laptops at over 100 DHS facilities. The majority of the installs went very well – and those that had minor hiccups were promptly addressed.

This project was a huge undertaking and done with no time for planning. CMS EUC was able to get the project completed well within the go live date of Oct 1, giving our staff the much needed time to get accustomed to their new Windows 7 workstations.

This project involved many different groups from within CMS and was a true collaborative effort. So to all of CMS BCCS, here’s to a job well done and I’m looking forward to our next large deployment!

Julie

Julie Hagele
Department of Human Services
Deputy CIO

*Despite the threat of Outsourcing, EUC continues to prove their worth keeping.

IDES services cuts hit Rock Island:

August 28, 2013

AFSCME members and state legislators are speaking out against cuts to services for the unemployed in the Quad Cities region.

Next week the Illinois Department of Employment Security is slated to convert its Rock Island office into the call center, denying thousands of jobless men and women personal, one-on-one access to services that allow them to file for unemployment and seek help finding work.

“It’s an easy way to cut access,” Local 2615 President Carlene Enno told WQAD-TV. “I’m sick and tired of those people doing it. It’s creating a divide between the rich and the poor.”

The move means those desiring face-to-face service will have to drive to offices in Rock Falls and Peoria – an expense many of those without work cannot afford. Plus, the state has provided little notice of its decision.

CMS Supplemental Agreement suggestions:

CMS has notified AFSCME C31 that they wish to open up and negotiate the Supplemental Agreement. Of course one thing CMS wants to take back is the 9 Day Alternative Work Schedule. Examples of what can be found on pages 278-280 concerning Supplemental Agreements.

We are asking for suggestions from the members of Local 2224 to submit suggestions by 09/20/13. Of course sooner is better than later to help us process. This only pertains to CMS employees. Please provide your suggestion to one of the Union Stewards or send via/US Mail.

If sending US Mail:
AFSCME Local 2224
P.O. Box 2463
Springfield, IL 62705

We will need your name and phone number so wecan reach out if we do not understand your request.

Provide us with a brief example of what you were wanting. Using last Supplemental for example, we had several folks submit for the 9 Day Alternative Work Schedule.