Rauner says union talks have stopped

After the twenty-fourth attempt to reach a bargaining agreement with the state’s largest public sector union, Governor Bruce Rauner is appealing to the state labor board to determine if the two sides are unable to compromise.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31 denies talks have reached an impasse. A spokesman released a statement saying, “Although we have serious disagreements with the governor’s positions, we reject the administration’s charge that we have not been seriously negotiating.”

AFSCME is one of the few remaining public unions to not renew their contract with Rauner’s camp. The governor’s office said AFSCME’s leaders were pushing for four-year raises of up to 29 percent, a 37.5-hour workweek, five weeks of vacation and health care coverage considered a “Cadillac plan” by the Affordable Care Act’s standards.

Although the two sides began talks shortly after Rauner was sworn into office last January, AFSCME’s contract with the state expired in June. Rauner’s office says it could take months for the labor board to render a decision.

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