* You can bet all nine of the governor’s houses (and the Senate) that this thing is gonna be vetoed with relish…
The state’s largest public employee union is pushing a bill that would prevent state workers from striking or being locked out in the event talks on a new labor contract stall.
Instead, the labor dispute would be handed over to an arbitrator to resolve through binding arbitration.
The House Labor and Commerce Committee approved Senate Bill 1229 on Thursday night on a partisan vote. […]
“That will prevent any unilateral and dictatorial imposition of any harsh and unreasonable changes in employment, changes that would likely force a work stoppage, thereby causing massive disruption of state services,” [Mike Newman, deputy director for Council 31 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees] said. […]
Newman, though, said it was “highly unlikely” the two sides would reach an agreement by the end of June “given the extreme nature of the proposals that we’ve been looking at.”
The proposal is sponsored by Rep. Mike Smiddy, who was elected three years ago without much backing from Speaker Madigan, but with tons of support from AFSCME.
* But check out this passage from Speaker Madigan’s proposal to separate the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum away from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency...
Staff hired [by the new ALPLM entity] on or after the effective date of this Act shall not be subject to the Personnel Code or any applicable collective bargaining agreement.
Um, wow. That could’ve been written by Rauner himself.
AFSCME says they’re aware of the problem and are working on it.