Rauner Calls on AFSCME to Have Different Health Care Plan
MOLINE, Ill. (WICS) —
Once again Governor Bruce Rauner is taking on the state's largest employee union.
During a stop in Moline on Tuesday, Rauner called for AFSCME members to have a different health care plan and a 40-hour work week for union employees.
His comments come as the union and his administration are in an embroiled battle over contract negotiations.
Discussions between the two parties have stalled for months.
Recently, AFSCME leaders voted to authorize a strike vote as a means to put pressure on the governor.
"You're paying two and a half million dollars more every day that we can't do a new contract," Gov. Bruce Rauner, R-Ill., said.
"AFSCME has already volunteered a four-year wage freeze and concessions along the way," AFSCME retiree Gregg Johnson said. "The governor is painting a different picture of what's really going on."
Wednesday, Governor Rauner will be in northern Illinois discussing the changes he wants to see to move the state forward.