9/18/08

AFSCME sues labor-state Dem Governor

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The union that represents Illinois State Prison workers is suing Governor Rod Blagojevich for his attempts to close the Pontiac Correctional Center.

The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, also referred to as AFSCME, argues the governor doesn't have the authority to close the down the prison. State workers say the prison is currently accounted for in the current state budget, which the union said was signed into law by Blagojevich.

Meanwhile, the governor said closing the prison would save about 4–million dollars a year. Closing the prison would cut close to 600–jobs.

(week.com)

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