The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees is
arguing that the layoffs shouldn't be allowed until the state
finishes negotiating over their impact. The union also argues that
the layoffs would create serious safety hazards for workers at
AFSCME filed its lawsuit Monday in Johnson County, home of the
Vienna (VY'-en-nuh) Correctional Center.
The Democratic governor says the layoffs are necessary to help
balance the state budget, which is billions of dollars in the red.
Quinn also wants the union to agree to unpaid furlough days for many
A date hasn't been set for the union's lawsuit to be heard.
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