AFSCME

Rockford Public Schools

About 900 Rockford Public Schools workers, including bus drivers, food sevice employees, and paraprofessionals begin a three-day strike Wednesday.  

During that time, schools will remain open.  However, there will be no buses to take students to school. The only students with bus service are those transported by Sunrise, a contractor unaffiliated with AFSCME Local 31, which is organizing the 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.

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.

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