The Pritzker administration is asking for an extension to appeal the AFSCME contract impasse issue, something that isn’t sitting well with the union.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker's administration said Thursday that it is asking for a three-month extension to decide whether to appeal a lower court decision that the state and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees are at impasse in talks over a new contract.

In a court filing, administration lawyers asked for additional time “to allow the new administration sufficient time to review with legal counsel the issues in the case and related matters and the potential arguments in support of the petition.”

The lawsuit is a holdover from former Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration which in January 2016 said it had reached impasse with AFSCME in negotiations over a new contract. AFSCME’s previous contract expired after June 30, 2015.

The Illinois Labor Relations Board agreed with the Rauner administration and AFSCME went to court to fight the impasse declaration. Last fall, the Fourth District Appellate Court vacated the impasse finding, and sent the issue back to the ILRB to either better explain its reasoning or use a different standard to determine if an impasse existed.

The Rauner administration was considering an appeal to the state Supreme Court and was already granted an extension until Thursday.

AFSCME said there is no reason for the Pritzker administration to seek another extension.

“We’ve preparing to file an objection to this motion,” spokesman Anders Lindall said in a statement. “There’s no need for another extension or further review of the appellate court decision, which found that Bruce Rauner wrongly walked out on negotiations, falsely claiming the parties were at impasse.”

Pritzker has repeatedly said he wants to resume negotiations with AFSCME on a new contract and spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh said that is still the case.

“Governor Pritzker’s priority is to return to the bargaining table and negotiate a contract with state workers that is fair to both the state’s dedicated workforce and fair to taxpayers,” Abudayyeh said in a statement.

She said a time to resume those negotiations is being worked out with the union. AFSCME said that Pritzker’s willingness to resume talks is “all the more reason to drop Rauner’s impasse appeal.”

Abudayyeh would only say "the administration wants time to think through all of the legal issues presented by the appellate court’s decision."

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