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AFSCME-backed union arbitration bill once again heads to Governor

Once again, a controversial “binding arbitration” measure heads to Governor. An identical measure was advanced by legislative Democrats in late 2015, but it failed to become law after Democrats couldn’t muster enough support to override Gov. Rauner’s veto of the legislation.

During the week, Democrats revived their efforts to place the process of determining the outcome of taxpayer-paid, multi-billion-dollar labor agreements between the Governor and state employee unions in the hands of an unelected arbitrator. House Bill 580 was characterized by Republicans as a $3 billion tax that removes a duly-elected governor from union negotiations in the event of a contract dispute. 

Additionally, locally-elected union representatives would be removed from the process, and critics questioned a provision in the legislation that would have removed the union’s ability to strike.

The Governor is expected to once again veto the legislation.

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