AFSCME Council 31 has released a new statewide TV and digital ad calling on Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration to resume contract negotiations.
The union and administration have yet to agree on a contract to replace the one that expired in June 2015.
In January, the administration asked the state labor board to determine whether contract talks with AFSCME were at an impasse, which would allow the state to impose its own terms in a contract with state workers. Earlier this month, an administrative law judge recommended that the two sides resume negotiations on wages and health care benefits.
According to AFSCME, the Rauner administration walked away from contract negotiations in January and "has refused to meet with the union ever since."
Three state workers are featured in AFSCME's ad, called "Negotiate." The workers talk about "their important work, how Rauner walked away, and their determination not to let the governor take away their voice on the job," according to the union.
Here's the ad:
"Public service workers in state government protect kids, care for veterans, keep us safe and more," AFSCME Council 31 Executive Director Roberta Lynch said in a statement. "State workers have always been willing to do their part. We're prepared to compromise. But we can only do that if Governor Rauner puts the public good ahead of his personal demands and returns to bargaining ready to negotiate."