AFSCME members urged to prepare for a strike

By Vanessa Johnson

February 8, 2013 Updated Feb 8, 2013 at 11:31 PM CDT

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.

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