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Illinois Union Holdout

FILE - In this Feb 2, 2012 file photo, Henry Bayer, executive director of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31, left, as he is confronted by an Illinois Secretary of State police officer, right, while members of the AFSCME union protest in front of the governor's office at the state Capitol in Springfield. The ability of Illinois unions to withstand the pressures that broke down their colleagues in other states could be tested during a veto session beginning Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, as lawmakers try for the umpteenth time to confront the nearly $100 billion shortfall in the public-employee pension system, the largest in the nation. The Legislature is under pressure to consider slashing pension benefits or requiring employees to contribute more to their own retirement funds or to retire at a later age. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)