July 10, 2016
The (Champaign) News-Gazette
There is no end in sight for contract talks with the state's largest union.
State employees represented by AFSCME can put their strike plans on hold now that the state's Labor Relations Board has rejected management's request that it declare talks have reached an impasse.
Meeting in a special session Friday, the five-member board unanimously rejected Gov. Bruce Rauner's request to bypass an administrative law judge's recommendation and find there is no benefit to be gained by further negotiations between the parties.
The board's decision blocks, at least for now, management's option to impose...