The impasse between the Governor and AFSCME will not come to a quick end.
The state’s largest employee union and the administration have been without a contract for more than a year. The state’s labor board denied a request by the Rauner administration to bypass an administrative judge and instead have the board rule on if negotiations are stalled out or not.
AFSCME had been worried about the board’s decision, the members are appointed by the Governor, but they ruled in unanimous consent.
The move continues the process of the negotiations and will result in an administrative law judge’s ruling on the matter later this year.