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Senator Mulroe in committeeSPRINGFIELD – Following the governor’s announcement this morning that it would be filing an Unfair Labor Practices Act against AFSCME with the Labor Relations Board, Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago) has released the following statement regarding the administration’s opinion of bad faith negotiations:

“We have been witnessing a pattern of unreasonable negotiations since July when the governor failed to uphold his constitutional duty to sign a balanced budget into law. Middle-class families, the elderly, the disabled and our poorest citizens are feeling real pain as the New Year begins, and the governor has the gall to claim that AFSCME is negotiating in bad faith?

I won’t claim to know what has been going on behind the closed-door negotiations, but if he is sticking to his anti-union and anti-middle class agenda, then I can only guess that the administration’s view of ‘bad faith’ negotiations is disingenuous. I again call on Governor Rauner and his administration to work with the General Assembly, to work with the unions, and to help get the State of Illinois back on track. We can make Illinois strong again, but we must work together.”

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