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AFSCME members rally to bring back Step System

On the University of Illinois campus, AFSCME members rallied for a fair contract Tuesday. (WICS)

On the University of Illinois campus, AFSCME members rally for a fair contract.

AFSCME, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, includes university workers that hold a variety of jobs on campus and across the state.

At the rally, members called on the university to bring back the Step System, a program that tied wage increases to the number of years an employee has worked for the university.

The Step System was booted in 2013 and bringing it back has been a topic of debate in recent contract negotiations

“Once we started talking about money we just hit a wall,” AFSCME Local 3700 president, Nadia Robot said. “The university doesn't want to budge at all they want us to make these poverty wages for as long as we are at the university. "

The University of Illinois responded to the rally with a statement saying in part,

"We value our AFSCME employees, we have reached an agreement on many items and continue to bargain in good faith to achieve a contract that is fair to everyone involved.

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