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Union sues over layoffs of Ill. government workers

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[August 25, 2009]  SPRINGFIELD (AP) -- A major union is suing to block Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's plan to lay off about 2,600 state employees.

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 Illinois prisons.

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 state employees.

A date hasn't been set for the union's lawsuit to be heard.

[Associated Press]

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