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AFSCME Taking Second Contract Vote
The state's largest employee union thinks its members deserve a re-vote on a contract recently negotiated with Gov. Pat Quinn.
AFSCME Council 31 says its members voted for the new contract under false terms.
This comes after Attorney General Lisa Madigan refuses to drop an appeal on a lawsuit that requires the state to pay employees unpaid wages dating back to July 2011.
Members voted for the new contract with the understanding that Illinois would drop the appeal against the case.
"The governor upheld his side of the agreement and did make that request, but he doesn't have any control over the attorney general," AFSCME Council 31 Executive Director Henry Bayer said. "We still think it's the best interest of our members that they sign the contract so they get the negotiated increases they are entitled to."
If the court's ruling stands, the state would have to come up with $140 million to pay back AFSCME employees.