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Governor and Union at impasse

Posted by wlpo on January 10, 2016

No progress reported at the end of last week in labor talks between Governor Rauner and the state’s largest public employee union. Associate Press said both sides were evaluating whether negotiations will continue. The two sides have been in contract talks for more than a year. The previous contract expired June 30, but both sides agreed last year to keep negotiating without the possibility of a strike.

Each side is blaming the other for the standstill. The Rauner administration says the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees rejected additional meetings for this week. But, AFSCME says it’s Rauner who’s refusing to participate in more bargaining sessions while they’re willing to continue talks. AFSCME represents 36-thousand state workers.

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