Governor Bruce Rauner’s office this afternoon announced that he has vetoed a bill that would call for binding arbitration in the event of impasse between the administration and State of Illinois employee unions.
Contract talks between AFSCME and Governor Bruce Rauner’s administration are set to resume this week, but the union says the governor’s team continues to make unreasonable demands.
It’s a big win for Governor Bruce Rauner, and a big loss for AFSCME.
The Illinois Senate has voted to override Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of a bill that would call for binding arbitration between the administration and state employee unions, if contract talks fail.
Despite remaining far apart on major issues, according to AFSCME head Roberta Lynch, the state’s largest employee union and the Rauner administration have agreed to a two-month extension on the previous contact.
As the State of Illinois faces a budget impasse that may prevent state workers from receiving their full paychecks for the foreseeable future, Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer has filed legislation that would protect state worker paychecks in the same way that the salaries of lawmakers are accounted for during budget legislation delays.
The bill, HB 4245, would be effective immediately upon passage and the signature of Governor Bruce Rauner. There are 21 sponsors and co-sponsors, as of this post.
Today is July 1st, 2015. Today is the start of a new year in Illinois. Illinois residents are beginning that new year… without a budget and no way to pay the bills.