(Chicago, IL) — Governor Rauner is turning to the Illinois Labor Relations Board in his contentious negotiations with the state’s largest employee union, AFSCME. Rauner says the union has consistently refused to bargain in good faith, and he wants the board to declare that talks are at an impasse. The board is dominated by Rauner appointees and an impasse would allow the administration to put its final offer on the table and force the union to vote up or down. AFSCME says that offer includes no raise and a doubling of health care costs. They call Rauner’s move “regrettable and damaging to the public interest.”
### David Stewart/dlt IL)
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