Trying to back Governor Bruce Rauner into a corner on collective bargaining, the Democrats have passed House Bill 1229.
Here is a brief description of the bill:
Amends the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act.
Provides that with respect to collective bargaining agreements expiring on or after June 30, 2015 but before July 1, 2019 between the State and units of employees of State agencies which are not resolved by the expiration date:
- mediation shall be initiated within 30 days from the expiration of the agreement or the effective date of the amendatory Act;
- if a mediator is unable to bring the parties to agreement through conciliation within 30 days of the commencement of mediation or an additional period to which the parties agree, either party may initiate impasse arbitration procedures except that, in determining the jurisdiction or authority of the arbitration panel, arbitration procedures are deemed to have been initiated before the commencement of any fiscal year occurring after the expiration of the agreement;
- an expired agreement is in full force and effect and conditions of employment may not be changed by action of either party without the consent of the other until a successor agreement is adopted; and
- the right to strike is considered waived until the convening of the arbitration hearing.
Here are the roll calls on the bill. House first.
Jack Franks and Barb Wheeler did not vote. Wheeler was attending her daughter’s eight grade graduation. It appears that Franks took a walk, as insiders would put it.
Andersson, McSweeney and Tryon voted, “No.”
Now, who voted how in the Senate. Local Senators Pam Althoff, Dan Duffy and Karen McConnaughay voted against the legislation.