* One of the only bright spots for Gov. Pat Quinn in an otherwise disastrous lame duck session was final passage last night of the “management bill.” It took the Senate two tries, but the bill received 31 votes the second time around…
Senators also approved a bill that restricts union membership for thousands of state workers. Cullerton said nearly 3,400 state workers would either be prohibited from joining unions or would have to give up their union membership.
Even workers in management positions have been allowed to join unions, lawmakers said, resulting in a state workforce that is more than 90 percent unionized.
The bill now goes to Quinn for his signature. He has supported the measure.
Quinn has been pushing this bill for two years. The House passed it a while ago, but it’s never been able to move in the Senate, until yesterday.
*** UPDATE *** Well, maybe not. Thanks to a tip from a faithful reader, I see that Sen. Don Harmon has filed a motion to reconsider the vote…
So, the bill is now stalled and won’t go to the governor’s desk until either Harmon withdraws his motion or the full Senate rescinds it. Fascinating development and a big setback for Quinn.
* Harmon explains…
The Oak Park Democrat says he wants one more chance to get employee unions and the Democratic governor to negotiate a deal.
*** UPDATE 2 *** WUIS has more details…
“The Governor I believe is clearly entitled to assemble a management team that is responsive to him and pursues his policy objectives,” Harmon said. ”And on the flip side unions representing public employees should vigorously represent public employees who report to the governor’s management team. It’s a question of where we draw the line between so that both sides can do their job.”
Harmon says he has negotiated the measure for years … and hopes the Senate’s action will “reinvigorate” discussions.
He says after he’s convened talks in coming days, he’ll decide whether he’ll lift the hold.
That has to be done by Wednesday … otherwise, with the General Assembly’s session over, the bill would be dead for good.