It’s going to be up for a vote now, whether or not members of the state’s largest employee union want to strike. AFSCME sent a letter to members today telling them that locals in the union will begin holding strike authorization votes starting at the end of the month. AFSCME has never gone on strike against the state and the union was clear that even a vote approving a strike doesn’t mean one will happen. But union leadership noted the authorization vote needed to happen now after the Rauner administration dismissed a union lead opening to further negotiate a new contract.
The Governor’s office General Counsel responded and says that AFSCME has rushed to authorize a strike and it’s disappointing that AFSCME refuses to respect the state labor board’s bipartisan ruling.