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The Democratic governor had hoped for a vote while legislators were in
The administration had sought to limit union rights for thousands of workers under Quinn's leadership and hundreds more working for other statewide elected officials.
The governor argued the measure was aimed at ensuring a separation between rank-and-file workers and upper managers. He pointed to situations where there is no clear leadership at some state facilities because all the workers are union members and managers can't discipline employees under them.
But labor officials argued the bill unfairly striped workers of their union representation and said it would impact not only management but lower-level workers as well. They compared Quinn’s efforts to limit union membership to those of