Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner visits iWireless Center

He says AFSCME union members won't be missed if they choose to strike

MOLINE, Ill. - Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner stopped at the iWireless Center in Moline for a luncheon with members of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce Monday.

Rauner says his administration is trying to cut down on excessive rules that are tough on small businesses. He also focused on his ongoing battle with AFSCME, the largest union of public employees in the state. Rauner has pushed for a different health care plan and a 40-hour work week for union employees.

"These are the kinds of things we're going to change. We've got 20 unions to agree, so far the big union AFSCME has said 'No, no way' and they threatened to strike. And I said 'We're gonna do this, we have to do this and I hope you don't strike, I don't want you to strike, but we're probably not going to miss you if you go,' and so they don't like that," said Gov. Bruce Rauner, (R) Illinois.

AFSCME and Governor Rauner are currently in court over contract negotiations. Rauner says each day the issue remains in the courts without a deal IT costs taxpayers$2.5 million.


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