AFSCME continues efforts to require state to negotiate in good faith

AFSCME continues efforts to require state to negotiate in good faith (Rachel Droze)

AFSCME asked the appellate court Wednesday to make Gov. Bruce Rauner come back to the negotiating table.

The labor union has been at an impasse with the governor for almost three years leaving thousands of state employees working without contracts.

According to AFSCME, Rauner walked away from bargaining in 2016.

The state ruled contract negotiations were at an impasse, but AFSCME said the governor wanted to impose his own terms without their input.

"We'd like the court to tell the governor to do his job,” AFSCME Council 31 Deputy Director Mike Newman said. “That includes fulfilling his legal obligation to bargain in good faith with the with the union that his employees have chosen to represent them."

We've reached out to the governor's office for comment on this case and are waiting to hear back.

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