Although Governor Rauner has stated that he would rather avoid a strike by AFSCME, Illinois’ largest public service union, he would be willing to take one on. The Governor’s office and the union have been unable to reach a deal that would implement a new contract for AFSCME members.
It appears that the governor’s office has begun making plans to deal with a large-scale strike. “CapitoFax” reports that at least one retired state worker has received a call from a staffing company asking if he’d come back work in the event of a state-wide strike.
This just after the Governor asked the state labor board, mostly comprised of Rauner appointees, to declare AFSCME talks at an impasse which would force the union to vote on the most recent deal proposed by Rauner’s office.