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Only in Illinois: With strike vote AFSCME, Rauner feud goes from simmer to boil

Feb 24, 2017

When AFSCME Council 31’s membership voted to authorize what would be the first state employee strike in Illinois history, it turned the heat of a long-simmering feud with Bruce Rauner up to the boiling point.

Though the contentious negotiations over a new labor contract for the union’s 38,000 members began two years ago, the story behind the current situation goes back much farther. While running for governor in 2014, he referred to the union as “AF-scam-ee.” In a September 2012 op-ed in the Chicago Tribune, Rauner — then an education adviser to Chicago Mayor…

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