Henry Bayer, executive
director of American Federation of State, County and Municipal
Employees Council 31, issued the following statement Monday after
meeting with Gov. Pat Quinn:
"This meeting was held at our union's
request to urge the governor to rescind the state-employee layoffs
he has threatened.
"I told the governor that layoffs will harm vital services that
Illinois residents rely on. They will also hurt families and our
economy by throwing thousands of men and women out of work.
"AFSCME continues to believe that the only solution to the state
budget crisis is comprehensive tax reform that raises significant
new revenue. Only with new revenue can Illinois invest in public
services, create jobs and pay the state's bills.
"The administration must present to the body of local union
presidents representing state employees any proposals that would
require reopening our contract. That body will meet in Springfield
in early September. Any decision regarding changes to the contract
will ultimately be made by our members themselves."
AFSCME Council 31]