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Ill. State Worker Union Members Approve Strike If Needed

Law360, Springfield (February 23, 2017, 5:25 PM EST) -- Illinois' largest public employee union on Thursday announced that its voting members overwhelmingly authorized a strike, should the bargaining committee of AFSCME Council 31 decide to call one in its months-long struggle with Gov. Bruce Rauner over a new contract.

Leaders of AFSCME, which represents 38,000 state workers in Illinois, stressed Thursday that its members do not want to go on strike, but the failure in bargaining with Rauner may bring them to strike for the first time in state history.

"We've said time and time...
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