The Illinois Supreme Court will not allow the Rauner administration to bypass a lower court, as the governor tries to impose his terms on the union representing the largest number of state workers.
It’s been nearly 2 years since the state has had a deal with the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, or AFSCME, which represents more than 35,000 state workers.
The union wants wage and benefit increases.
The state’s Labor Relations Board declared the sides at an impasse in November.
AFSCME members recently voted to authorize a strike if they couldn’t reach a deal with the governor.
The General Counsel for Governor Rauner, Dennis Murashko, released a statement about the decision, saying:
“It is 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.”