* Synopsis of SB1784…
Amends the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act and the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act. Provides that an employer is required to furnish the exclusive bargaining representative with a complete list of the names and addresses of the public employees in the bargaining unit at least once each month. Provides that the employer shall not discourage employees or applicants from becoming or remaining union members or authorizing dues deductions, and shall not otherwise interfere with the relationship between employees and their exclusive bargaining representative. Provides that the employer shall refer all inquiries about union membership to the exclusive bargaining representative, with certain exceptions. Provides that the employer may not disclose certain personal information with respect to any employee, except to that employee’s exclusive representative. Contains provisions concerning the collection of dues. Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Prohibits the disclosure of certain personal information regarding participants and members. Makes other changes.
The legislation essentially codifies part of AFSCME’s new contract with the state. The Illinois Policy Institute obtained employee home addresses and has been sending them mailers notifying them they can retain all union services without paying for them.
A technical amendment was also adopted, but this bill passed the House in the first week of veto session 93-23 and passed the Senate yesterday 45-9. Needless to say, those lopsided bipartisan roll calls would never have occurred under the previous governor.