State’s Largest Labor Union Could Strike

By Nick Gale, WLS-AM News

(CHICAGO)  State, county and municipal workers have voted to authorize a strike. The results of a vote released Thursday show that 81-percent of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees that voted, favored a strike.

AFSCME executive director Roberta Lynch says the vote gives the union’s executive board the go ahead to call a strike “if no other path forward can be found.”

AFSCME, which has some 38,000 members, has been unable to agree on a new contract with the governor for the past two years.

In a written response, Gov. Bruce Rauner’s general counsel says the vote was “an attack on our state’s hardworking taxpayers.”

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