* Synopsis of SB1905…
Creates the Collective Bargaining Freedom Act. Provides that it is the policy of the State that employers, employees, and their labor organizations are free to bargain collectively. Provides that the authority to enact laws or rules that restrict the use of union security agreements between an employer and a labor organization vests exclusively with the General Assembly. Prohibits local governments from enforcing any such law or rule.
The bill was sent to the governor on August 2nd, so today is his 60-day deadline to act. He’ll undoubtedly veto it, but in the wake of the GOP fury over HB40, can he hold enough House Republicans off the bill to prevent an override?
* The legislation received 40 votes in the Senate, with Republicans Anderson, Fowler and McCann voting with the Democrats.
It only received 67 votes in the House, short of an override. Three House Democrats were listed as absent or excused. And three House Republicans voted for the bill (Long, McCombie and Severin). But if you click here you’ll see several potential HGOP flips who didn’t vote either way in late June, just before the real craziness started with the tax/budget overrides, the subsequent Rauner staff fiasco and the governor’s flip-flop on HB40.
Gonna be an interesting floor fight come veto session time.
…Adding… From a pal…
Would be ironic if Rauner’s “no social agenda” ended up undoing his very real anti-union agenda
*** UPDATE *** As expected…
Bill No.: SB 1905
An Act Concerning Government
Veto Message for SB 1905
September 29, 2017
To the Honorable Members of
The Illinois Senate,
100th General Assembly:
Today I veto Senate Bill 1905 from the 100th General Assembly, which prohibits local communities from allowing individual workers a choice in whether or not they want to pay a union as a condition of employment. This legislation would damage the economic health of Illinois’ communities by removing their freedom to determine the best interests of their workforces and employers.
Illinois lags behind its neighbors’ economic and job growth despite our many advantages. Our State’s workforce is fleeing and aging, losing 250,000 people and having the worst personal income growth in the country over the last decade. Individuals, families, and businesses who should be eager to come to Illinois stay away. Manufacturers too often leave across our borders or never even consider investing in new job creation here. Many businesses will only expand in communities that offer employee freedom of choice.
Part of our struggle is that every state that shares a border with Illinois has already enacted true worker freedom, allowing individuals in those states to determine whether they want to contribute to a labor union. Many states around us are growing union jobs as well as non-union jobs faster than Illinois because more of their communities give workers choice while not preventing employees from joining unions if they choose.
By contrast, Senate Bill 1905 would move Illinois in the opposite direction by destroying the freedom of Illinois’ local communities to choose reforms that can make their economies more competitive, help their businesses grow, and give the freedom to individual workers to support a union at their own discretion.
This legislation forces local communities to follow a one-size-fits-all model of government, no matter how detrimental they believe it is to them. Our goal should not be to limit workers’ ability to join a union but rather to give communities the freedom to embrace new tools to compete economically and to recruit businesses and talent rather than have their choices dictated by Springfield.
Therefore, pursuant to Section 9(b) of Article IV of the Illinois Constitution of 1970, I hereby return Senate Bill 1905, entitled “AN ACT concerning government”, with the foregoing objections, vetoed in its entirety.
*** UPDATE 2 *** Pritzker campaign…
“Just this week, we saw Bruce Rauner celebrate an assault on workers’ rights as the Supreme Court decided to hear Janus vs. AFSCME, and now he’s continuing these attacks on the state level,” said JB Pritzker. “The hardworking men and women of the labor movement deserve a partner in Springfield who will defend their right to collectively bargain, not one who wages war on it. When I’m governor, the labor movement will always have a seat at the table as we fight for working families, protect workers’ rights, and work to raise the wage floor. I urge the General Assembly to override this failed governor’s veto.”
*** UPDATE 3 *** IL AFL-CIO…
Statement by Illinois AFL-CIO President Michael T. Carrigan concerning Rauner’s veto of Senate Bill 1905
“Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of the Collective Bargaining Freedom Act (SB 1905) follows one of the only trends he has shown any consistency and determination – depressing wages, destroying unions and squeezing the middle class.
“Recognizing existing global and national races to the bottom on wages, this bill simply insures that counties and towns cannot make up different sets of laws concerning negotiations between workers and employers. Such layers of laws and jurisdictions would undermine Illinois workers in all our communities.
“Rauner has not done his job. He cannot point to a single accomplishment. His legacy will be crisis, division, and shockingly erratic leadership. This bill passed with Democrat and Republican votes. We will work to overturn this veto in the General Assembly.”