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Laborers Criticize Quinn Ahead of DNC Speech

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SPRINGFIELD, IL (KMOX) - Gov. Pat Quinn will be speaking this evening at the Democratic National Convention, and state workers want the delegates to not believe what he says.

“I’m sure his performance will not match his rhetoric at the convention,” says Henry Bayer, head of AFSCME Council 31, the largest state workers’ union. “He’ll present himself as a friend of working people, as someone who believes in unions, yet his record doesn’t reflect that.”

The union’s specific troubles with the governor include his cancellation of raises that were included in a renegotiated collective bargaining agreement, his plans to close state facilities and lay off state workers, and his attempt to roll back pension benefits.

Bayer says Illinois delegates have been made aware of the governor’s record, and may spontaneously “let him know” that the governor’s actions with respect to state workers is “not something they agree with,” though no formal protest or coordinated booing or heckling is planned.

State workers booed the governor at the State Fair last month, and that experience may have scared him away from going to Du Quoin.

AFSCME has rented a mobile billboard in Charlotte criticizing Quinn as anti-labor.

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