AFSCME statement on agreement to avert closures

November 28, 2011 at 7:20pm

Statement of AFSCME Council 31 executive director Henry Bayer in response to the budget reallocation agreement announced tonight by Gov. Quinn and legislative leaders:


"AFSCME has worked for months on every legal, legislative and grassroots front to prevent all threatened layoffs and closures. While we have not seen the details of the agreement announced tonight, we believe it is a positive step toward saving jobs and averting harmful cuts to health care, prisons and other vital services.


"The looming layoff of some 2,000 caregivers and prison workers would devastate local economies across Illinois. The closure of seven state facilities would undercut the state's commitment to mental health care, disability services and secure prisons. We hope this agreement will avert all layoffs and closures.


"Our union will keep working to ensure that public services are protected, jobs are saved and the legally binding agreements we have reached at the bargaining table are fully honored."