Gov. Rauner Simplifies Job-Application Program in Case of AFSCME Strike

Feb 28, 2017

Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration has made it easier to find temporary workers in case a major public-employee union strikes.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees state council says hiring replacements would be illegal.

Rauner attorney Dennis Murashko said Tuesday the ``Working for a Better Illinois " website allows applicants to input the type of work they want and in what part of the state.

A news release says it will allow state agencies to quickly hire temporary workers in case of a strike. They would then begin a process to fill positions permanently.

AFSCME has been unable to settle a contract with Rauner for two years. Its 38,000 members have voted to authorize a strike.

Union spokesman Anders Lindall says Rauner should negotiate and not ``intimidate.''