* The setup…
llinois lawmakers would have a big role in labor negotiations with public employee unions if legislation sponsored by state Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, becomes law.
Senate Bill 3777 would require legislative approval of any contract or labor agreement reached between the state and a union. If the legislature rejects the agreement, the agency and the union would go back to the negotiating table.
Brady said Illinois has been burned by unilateral negotiations between the governor and labor unions.
“We need to bring transparency in an agreement so the General Assembly knows what it’s being bound to,” Brady said.
The law would sunset after Gov. Pat Quinn’s term ends. House Speaker Michael Madigan has introduced a resolution to cap state employee wage hikes.
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