Illinois’ governor hopes the state’s largest public employees union doesn’t strike but says he’ll stand up to them if they do. In the turmoil of contract negotiations between AFSCME and Governor Bruce Rauner the union has said the governor is trying to force a strike, something Rauner says is nonsense.
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The governor says that somebody has to stand up to the union or else there will be continued economic decline. Rauner’s administration announced they asked for the Illinois Labor Relations Board to review negotiations to declare if there’s an impasse. AFSCME says they’re still willing to negotiate but the governor has said they don’t think continuing negotiations would be worthwhile.