Calling on the state's largest public employee union to publicize their bylaws, Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration alleges there are threats to fine non-strikers.
Springfield's State Journal-Register reports a Rauner administration internal memo claiming state officials have learned AFSCME representatives are advising members who work for the state that they could be fined as much as $5,000 by the union if they cross a picket line. The author of the memo, Central Management Services Deputy Director of Labor Relations John Terranova, expects a strike beginning Sept. 1.
A union spokesman says the memo is groundless and there is no Sept. 1st strike date.
Terranova wrote the union should embrace transparency and make its bylaws available to the public to confirm whether the union actually can fine it's members.
Meanwhile the Illinois Labor Relations Board could rule the two parties are at an impasse and allow the state to impose terms on the union. The union has said that would leave members the option of either working under those terms or striking.