SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Public service workers in Illinois state government are planning a day of demonstrations across the state amid cost-cutting efforts by Gov. Bruce Rauner.
The “Don’t Dictate, Negotiate” events Thursday are being organized at 120 worksites across the state. They come after a state board ruled Tuesday that contract talks between Rauner’s administration and the state’s largest public-employees union are hopelessly deadlocked.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Spotty Showers Sunday Night, Monday
The decision could allow the Republican governor to impose his terms and the union to go on strike. The Illinois Labor Relations Board had declared Rauner’s negotiations with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees’ state council at impasse.READ MORE: At Least 22 People Shot, 3 Killed In Gun Violence In Chicago This Weekend
The demonstrations are organized by AFSCME. Rauner’s office says his plan saves $3 billion. AFSCME has said it plans to appeal the decision in court.MORE NEWS: Car Falls Off Stevenson Expressway Onto Cicero Avenue When Driver Loses Control
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