Quinn says McCormick Place union negotiations 'going well'

September 14, 2011

(WBEZ/Kate Dries)
Governor Quinn addressing the Women's Business Development Center at McCormick Place.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says negotiations with McCormick Place union workers are still ongoing. They have been negotiating new labor rules after a federal judge found new labor reforms violated the union's contracts.

The governor had previously threatened to bring legislators back to Springfield early if talks with the union weren't progressing.

At McCormick Place on Wednesday, Quinn told reporters that negotiations are going well.

"I was just talking to some of the workers here, and when you have these luncheons and conventions, they get more income, they get more opportunity to earn a livelihood," said Quinn.

The governor wouldn't give any details about how negotiations are going. Officials are trying to find new work rules that make it less expensive for conventions to come.