SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- After more than a year of bargaining talks, the state's largest employee union is urging its members to be prepared for the possibility of a strike.
In a two-page letter, obtained by Lee Enterprises Springfield Bureau, AFSCME leaders outlined steps union members can take in the event of a strike. The letter suggests employees start banking money and reducing expenses.
AFSCME and the Quinn administration resumed negotiations over a contract again this week, but no progress is being reported.
AFSCME does not have a strike fund, and the memo to 30,000 state workers stated AFSCME is working with financial institutions to make short-term loans available.
The memo states a strike may be the only way to avoid increases in health care costs.