The largest union in Illinois is calling on Governor Bruce Rauner to do his job.
AFSCME workers protested outside of the Embassy Suites in East Peoria, where the governor was holding a fundraiser dinner Tuesday.
Workers are calling on the governor to pass a budget, and come to terms on a new contact. Those negotiations have stopped with neither side reaching an agreement.
The governor’s office did offer a last, best and final offer to the union.
“We think that he’s illegally trying to claim that he’s at impasse, and so we’re just asking him, he can wait for the supreme court to tell him that or he can come back to the table,” said Tim Lavelle, with AFSCME Council 31
Governor Rauner issued a statement:
“We have gone as far as we can go in negotiations – and our last, best and final offer is all that our taxpayers can afford. It is therefore regrettable that AFSCME is continuously resisting every attempt for a quick resolution and wants to continue dragging this out in the courts. Every day of delay costs taxpayers over $2 million.”