Rep. Cavaletto Urges Governor and Nurses to Keep Talking about Staffing at Illinois Prisons


Rep. Cavaletto and House Colleagues Thursday announced the Administration's agreement to rescind
planned nursing layoffs and to return to the bargaining table on the issue of sub-contracting.

State Representative John Cavaletto (R-Salem), joined other House Members this morning at a press conference in Springfield to explain that he and his colleagues urged the administration to rescind the layoffs and return to the negotiating table to find a solution to the issue of subcontracting of over 120 nurses positions at Illinois corrections facilities. The administration has agreed, and the layoffs have been rescinded while the negotiations proceed.

“When I heard about the planned layoffs, I immediately urged the Administration to reconsider their decision,” explained Rep. Cavaletto, who has a prison in his district. “Legislators cannot negotiate for either side, but I will continue to urge both sides to negotiate in good faith to find a solution.”

In discussions with the Illinois Nurses Association (INA) on April 20, representatives from the Department of Corrections and the Department of Central Management Services offered several ideas to start discussions on a framework of concepts which would allow the Department to achieve cost savings and operational flexibility without subcontracting the nursing services currently provided by INA-represented employees.

The Vandalia Correctional Center is located in the 107th District represented by Rep. Cavaletto and two other facilities are outside of the district (Centralia Correctional and Big Muddy Correctional) but have constituents employed at these locations.

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