AFSCME votes on strike

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We now know the results of an AFSCME strike authorization vote.

Public service workers in Illinois state government represented by AFSCME, or the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees Council 31,  have voted to authorize a strike if Governor Bruce Rauner continues to refuse to negotiate.

According to our Capitol Newsroom, 81% of the bargaining committee voted in favor of giving the green light to a strike.

Governor Rauner released the following statement:

“The vote to authorize a strike is an attack on our state’s hardworking taxpayers and all those who rely on critical services provided everyday. It is a direct result of AFSCME leadership’s ongoing misinformation campaign about our proposal.
AFSCME leaders would rather strike than work 40 hours a week before earning overtime.  They want to earn overtime after working just 37.5 hours per week.
AFSCME leaders would rather strike than allow volunteers like Boy Scout troops to lend a helping hand inside government.  They want to ban the use of volunteers.
AFSCME leaders would rather strike than allow state employees to be paid based on merit.  They want to stick to paying people based on seniority, regardless of whether they’re doing a good job.
And while hard working families across the state face skyrocketing health insurance premiums, AFSCME leaders want to strike to force higher taxes to subsidize their health care plans that are far more generous than taxpayers have.
Put simply, AFSCME leaders will do or say anything to avoid implementing a contract that is fair to both taxpayers and state employees alike.
If AFSCME chooses to strike, we will use every resource to ensure services continue to be available to the people of Illinois.  We continue to encourage AFSCME to work with us in implementing a contract that is similar to those ratified by 20 other unions.”

State Senator Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) issued the following statement:

“I hope the governor does not force the union into a strike, as that would be the worst possible outcome for the state,” Koehler said. “I urge both parties to come back to the bargaining table and engage in meaningful talks to help move Illinois forward.”

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