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Quinn, AFSCME Working to Reach Contract
With the possibility of a strike looming, Gov. Pat Quinn says he is working hard to reach a compromise.
AFSCME is still threatening to strike if they cannot reach an agreement with the Quinn administration over promised raises. Quinn said they need to use collective bargaining to reach an agreement that is good for the taxpayers and the union members, but it's especially important during these tough economic times.
"All the government workers, I respect," Quinn said. "I understand their need for decent salary and decent benefits. But at the same time, we have to deal with our fiscal reality too. So all these ingredients go into the final decision on what we will move forward with."
The union is meeting with members of the Quinn administration next week. Both sides hope to reach an agreement.