SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn says he plans to meet with a union leader about the governor's efforts to have state workers take unpaid days off.
Quinn has already started the furlough process to cut costs, directing state agencies to develop plans that ensure operations continue while workers are away.
But in the case of union employees, Quinn must bargain over the issue. He says he will meet Monday with the American Federal of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31.
Spokesman Anders Lindall says the union will listen to what Quinn has to say, but doesn't think workers should "bear the brunt of a budget crisis."
The administration has released documents saying workers are to take 12 unpaid days off between now and June 30, with five days to be taken before Jan. 1.
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