By terminating state public employee union deal with AFSCME.. It's about time. And this from a liberal democrat governor. Governor cancels deal with AFSCME Quinn cancels contract with state This further bolsters the fact that public employee union deals are no longer sustainable. It is time to rein in these unions and quite possibly get rid of them entirely. A democrat governor in a heavily liberal state has no doubt sent shock waves through the rest of the big union states where unions have driven up the cost of state and local government. It is apparent that Governor Quinn is though worrying about whether union members will have his back come next election. He has done the right thing and drawn a line in the sand for all Illinois taxpayers.