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Union responds to Rauner’s refusal to negotiate

By Bia Medious

State and municipal employees are threatening a strike in response to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s refusal to negotiate their new contract.

Rauner wants the union to accept both a four-year wage freeze and $10,000 in additional health insurance costs, which is a 100 percent increase. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31 (AFSCME) announced the ongoing vote to authorize a strike during Tuesday’s news conference at the James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St. Several state representatives also spoke in support of the workers.

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