Illinois' largest state employee union says it made concessions in hope of resuming contract negotiations with state government.
The Illinois council of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees issued a letter Monday saying they've implemented a wage freeze. They also plan to pay higher health care premiums. AFSCME had previously called for an 8.5% increase over four years.
A spokeswoman for Governor Bruce Rauner called the letter "superficial." She said the terms don't address the major gap between both sides.
AFSCME wants to resume negotiations after talks with Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration broke down one year ago. A state labor board ruled the parties were officially at "impasse." This means Rauner can impose whatever contract conditions he chooses. AFSCME filed a lawsuit to keep the governor from forcing specific terms.