Governor Pat Quinn and Illinois' largest public employees union have yet to agree on a new contract for 40, ooo state workers. But they were able to temporarily extend the current contract, while talks continue.
The contract otherwise would have expired at midnight Saturday, when the fiscal year ends.
AFSCME spokesman Anders Lindall says the union's members deserve to be paid fairly, and have their rights respected.
“AFSCME is committed to securing a contract agreement that's fair, that respect the important work that our members do despite very difficult and trying circumstances" Lindall said.
Lindall says the union and the administration also agreed to an independent, third-party to mediate. Quinn's office had no immediate comment.