CHICAGO (CBS) — The battle goes on over Gov. Quinn’s plan to close seven correctional facilities as a money saying measure
An arbitrator ruled that the state followed the rules on negotiating about the closures with the union that represents prison employees.READ MORE: University Of Chicago Resumes In Person Classes After COVID Outbreak
Now, the state is asking a judge to clear the way for the closings while the union is asking a different judge to keep that from happening.
The union insists safety will be compromised by the closings, but the arbitrator rejected that argument.READ MORE: Lawyers, Community Leaders Calling On Department Of Justice To Investigate Death Of Adam Toledo
The dispute is likely to continue.
Even without court action, union officials say they have the right to enter into a different type of arbitration affecting public safety workers who are not allowed to strike.MORE NEWS: City Preparing For Public's Response To A Verdict In Derek Chauvin Trial; Gov. Pritzker Activates National Guard
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