Governor Pat Quinn has moved to terminate the state’s contract with AFSCME, signaling a more confrontational approach in the ongoing talks toward a new agreement.
The state’s contract with AFSCME expired back in June, but the contract terms had been extended several times while talks continue.
Now Quinn has informed the union that there will be no more extensions, a move AFSCME calls unprecedented.
The union says under state law, its current contract terms remain in place anyway, so Quinn’s move is seen as primarily symbolic.
But AFSCME says Quinn’s action is counterproductive and will hurt employee morale.