Union workers rally for rights

Published 09/12 2012 06:07PM

Updated 09/17 2012 03:40AM

SPRINGFIELD -- Union workers have a message for Governor Quinn, but it looks like he's going to have to hear about it some other time. He was originally supposed to speak at a summit in Springfield, but the Chief Financial Officer took over for him. 

The protestors, however, didn't know that when they got there Wednesday morning. They thought they were going to catch him on the way into the meeting. Of course, he never showed up, but that didn't stop them from protesting. They still wanted their message to be heard loud and clear.  

"We wanted to be here, because he was going to be here, to send him a message, that wherever he goes, where it's announced that he's going to be, were going to be there," said Jeff Bigelow with AFSCME. "So, we can press this point home that were going to be following him and were going to be raising these issues until he starts treating the people of Illinois right."

The union is upset with the governor for a lot of things at this point. One of the biggest: his decision to lay off about 3,000 state workers, and shut down several state facilities, including the Jacksonville Developmental Center.

His office says he hasn't been scheduled for this event for quite some time, and that he didn't avoid coming here because of planned protests.

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