Union represents 40,000 workers throughout state. It’s previous contract expired last summer.
The Quinn administration has terminated the contract between the state of Illinois and its largest public employee union.
A constitutional amendment is on the ballot which, if it passes, would require a three-fifths vote from the governing body to increase benefits.
Associate Circuit Judge Charles Cavaness issued the order from Alexander County, home of the Tamms Prison.
“I’m sure his performance will not match his rhetoric at the convention,” says Henry Bayer, head of AFSCME Council 31.
Two major Illinois prisons and other facilities will stay open for at least another month after the arbitrator’s ruling.
Gov. Pat Quinn has sought to close the state’s only supermax prison at Tamms, a women’s lockup at Dwight and various other corrections sites.
Illinois House Republicans voted unanimously to make it harder to increase state worker pension benefits.
Most advocates for the disabled back the plan but wonder whether sick or disabled people will get necessary care.
A new lawsuit could be on the horizon, given the governor’s actions Thursday to begin the process to close seven state facilities and lay off nearly 1,938 state workers.
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