An arbitrator says Governor Quinn's plan to shut down seven state facilities and layoff more than 19-hundred is a violation of the state's collective bargaining agreement with the unions. AFSCME Council 31 executive director Henry Bayer says Quinn needs to back off of his plan and stick to his word.
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Bayer says Governor Quinn contradicts himself when it comes to jobs in the state.
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Bayer adds Quinn doesn't have the right to renege on contracts.
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Bayer says Quinn's plan is illegal and if it moves forward, the state will be liable for any economic harm that the laid off employees may suffer. Quinn has said the union contract is moot because the general assembly did not appropriate enough money to keep the state running. Bayer disagrees saying the contract is not contingent on appropriations. Lawmakers will deal with the issue when they return to Springfield at the end of the month.