- Published: Friday, January 15, 2016 03:31 PM
Recently, Governor Rauner declared that contract negotiations between the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and the governor’s negotiation team have come to an impasse. Senator Forby, chairman of the Senate’s Labor Committee, issued the following statement:
“This latest inaction from the governor is just another step in his plan to make Illinois a right-to-work state. AFSCME has been able to negotiate contracts with governors for the past 30 years from each party in good faith. Just as with the budget, this governor is sidestepping negotiations and using the back door take employee benefits.
“Governor Rauner has said before that he wants chaos. What he fails to comprehend is the situation he’s creating means mothers and father can’t provide for their families, sick people go without health benefits and more people are steered to state-sponsored benefits instead of being able to provide for themselves.