SPRINGFIELD - The 38,000 Illinois state workers members of AFSCME 31 authorized their union bargaining committee to strike if negotiations with Governor Bruce Rauner meet a dead end, AFSCME Council 31 Executive Director Roberta Lynch told reporters Thursday.
"Today we are here to announce the outcome—81% of members voted YES to give their bargaining committee the authority to call a strike if no other path forward can be found," Lynch said.
Lynch went on to say that the situation has developed because Rauner’s unreasonable demands would take $10,000 from the pocket of the average state worker.
"He would do that by making employees pay 100% more than they’re paying now for health insurance in conjunction with a four-year pay freeze," she said.
The governor's office responded to what they called AFSCME leadership's "misinformation campaign."