Gov. Bruce Rauner has sent a memo to Illinois lawmakers imploring them not to overturn his dismissal of legislation that would send labor-union contract decisions to an unelected arbitrator.
The Republican issued the missive to the Legislature Tuesday on the eve of an expected Senate vote to override his veto of the measure that would ban a union strike or a government lockout in the event of an impasse.
Rauner told reporters in the Capitol he's asking lawmakers to "let me do my job" and continue negotiating.
The state's contract with members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees expired June 30.
Rauner promised he would not lock out employees nor is he seeking to cut salaries.
An AFSCME spokesman had no immediate comment on the memo.