WCIA By Kelsey Gibbs April 7, 2016
ILLINOIS -- State union workers have been without contracts since last summer. They say Governor Bruce Rauner has broken off negotiations.
Union works say the last thing they want is to strike. They said Rauner refuses to participate in the collective bargaining process for more than 35,000 state employees.
Workers say they're concerned about the negative effects a strike would have, especially on their own families and those they serve like seniors and those with disabilities.
They want the governor to return to the bargaining table. They also want lawmakers to side with constituents and not a political party.
Union workers are also calling on Rauner to sign an arbitration bill similar to the one he previously vetoed. It would bring a mediator in for negotiations.
AFSCME Council 31 and SEIU Healthcare Illinois both had their contracts expire June 30.