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An Illinois appellate court has temporarily barred Gov. Bruce Rauner from imposing his contract terms on the state's largest public employee union.

The 4th District Court of Appeals sided with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31 on Friday. The court issued an order prohibiting immediate action by the Republican governor.

Talks have been unsuccessful for two years. A labor regulator labeled them at ``impasse.'' That means Rauner may impose his terms and if ASFSCME objects, it can go on strike.

An Illinois appellate court has temporarily barred Gov. Bruce Rauner from imposing his contract terms on the state's largest public employee union.

The 4th District Court of Appeals sided with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31 on Friday. The court issued an order prohibiting immediate action by the Republican governor.

Talks have been unsuccessful for two years. A labor regulator labeled them at ``impasse.'' That means Rauner may impose his terms and if ASFSCME objects, it can go on strike.

Jenna Dooley

The Rauner Administration announced Tuesday that it has launched a job website as part of AFSCME strike preparation.

Tens of thousands of Illinois government workers voted in favor of authorizing a strike if contract talks don't move forward.

AFSCME Executive Director Roberta Lynch says the vote empowers the union's executive board to call a strike "if no other path forward can be found."

According to a news release from the Governor’s office:

Tens of thousands of Illinois government workers have voted in favor of authorizing a strike if contract talks don't progress.

The state council of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees reported Thursday that 81 percent of union members voting favored a strike.

Roberta Lynch is AFSCME executive director. She says the vote empowers the union's executive board to call a strike "if no other path forward can be found."

"I demand respect, I deserve respect. That’s the message that I think this vote sends most clearly," Lynch said.

AFSCME Members To Vote On Potential Strike Action

Jan 30, 2017
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Members of the state's largest public employee union are voting Monday on whether to strike.  

About 30,000 state employees belong to AFSCME, and are eligible to vote on whether they should strike. The vote comes as the union and Governor Bruce Rauner have been locked in a contract fight.

Rauner argues AFSCME workers should put in more hours and be open to merit pay. He also characterizes negotiations with AFSCME are at an impasse.

AFSCME spokesman Anders Lindall says the governor should come back to the bargaining table.

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