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Pritzker, AFSCME hope to resolve contract talks

Illinois could finally see the resolution to one of the longest running labor disputes in the state's history.
That's the unresolved negotiations between the governor's administration and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31, the labor union that represents by far the largest bloc of state workers.
The union and Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration have been unable to reach agreement on a new contract even though the old agreement expired at the end of June 2015, barely six months into Rauner's term.
Now Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker has said he will restart negotiations with the union sometime after he takes office Jan. 14. Just when that will be is unclear. Neither Pritzker's staff nor the union would put a date on when they expect talks to resume, although AFSCME said it hopes it is no more than a matter of weeks.
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