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AFSCME Council 31: Local presidents will decide if contract to be reopened

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[August 18, 2009]  From an AFSCME news release on their meeting with the governor Monday:

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."

[Text from AFSCME Council 31]

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