SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Friday was doomsday for Illinois prisons but each remains open and will continue to as bargaining sessions continue between the AFSCME union and Quinn Administration.
Friday, an arbitrator found that Governor Quinn and the Illinois Department of Corrections and Juvenile Justice violated the state's contract with the prison workers' union by taking steps to close the state facilities, prior to the conclusion of bargaining sessions.
"Today's decision is another important step forward," AFSCME executive director Henry Bayer said. "We urge Governor Quinn to drop his push to close needed prisons, undermine communities and destroy good jobs."
The arbitrator ordered the state to return to the bargaining table and refrain from taking further steps to implement the closures.
The arbitrator did not rule, however, on the union's grievance of unsafe working conditions within the state's over crowding prison system