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AFSCME Rallies in Downtown Springfield
AFSCME Council 31 was out in full force downtown Wednesday night, trying to send a message to Gov. Pat Quinn. Quinn was at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum meeting with the library foundation.
Last month, the governor terminated AFSCME's collective bargaining agreement with the state, leaving about 35,000 state workers without the protection of a union contract.
Since then, AFSCME has been very vocal about their right to bargain, but AFSCME says they've had a hard time getting Quinn to come to the table to talk.
"Today, for example, instead of meeting in the atrium area of the presidential library, which faces the street, which would have meant he actually had to face us, he switched the location of the meeting into another building across the street in the back, so he wouldn't actually have to see us," AFSCME regional director Jeff Bigelow said.
AFSCME endorsed Quinn in his bid for governor in the 2010 election.