The governor’s office investigating possible dispute resolutions in contract negotiations with the state’s largest public employees union could be a new phase in the state’s woes. Kent Redfield, professor emeritus at the University of Illinois, Springfield, says it won’t matter to a user of state resources if a strike or a lockout is the result of Friday’s back and forth between Governor Bruce Rauner and the AFSCME union.
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Governor Rauner has said he will not lock out workers while AFSCME has said the governor is trying to force a strike. The two sides have been at odds since negotiations started for a new contract nearly a year ago. Any declared impasse must be reviewed by the Illinois Labor Relations Board.