Union Negotiations

Rauner Takes AFSCME to State Supreme Court

Mar 20, 2017

Gov. Bruce Rauner is taking his fight with Illinois’ biggest government labor union to the state Supreme Court. 

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s administration is trying to convince state employees that a strike would be “reckless.”  About 30,000 state employees who belong to the union AFSCME are starting a 3-week-long process in which they’ll be voting on whether they should strike.  

The spotlight is on contract talks between teachers and officials with the nation's third-largest school district as Chicago students attend the first day of school.  Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool and Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, both held public appearances today. 

Illinois House Democrats failed to overturn a veto from Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on a bill that would let an arbitrator settle state-employee wages and working conditions if union negotiations stall. 

Thousands of union supporters are rallying outside the Illinois Capitol to protest Gov. Bruce Rauner's calls to change collective bargaining policies.  A coalition of labor groups marched by the governor's mansion today on their way to the Capitol. 

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed legislation to allow an arbitrator to settle state-employee wages and working conditions if union negotiations stall.  In his veto message, the Republican governor called the bill "dangerous," adding it would replace his bargaining power with a union-friendly arbitrator.