A vote scheduled for Wednesday in the Illinois House of Representatives can have a huge impact on the largest union of state employees and on all Illinois labor organizations, including IEA.

Senate Bill 1229 (House Amendment #2), supported by AFSCME and passed by the General Assembly in May, was vetoed by Governor Rauner. On Wednesday, the Illinois House can override the governor’s veto.

All IEA members are urged to contact their state representative and tell their legislator to vote to override the governor’s veto of SB1229 (Amendment #2).

SB1229 is designed to ensure that all unions currently negotiating with the governor continue to effectively represent state employees and remain able to achieve a fair settlement while continuing to work with IEA to stop a governor intent on destroying all public unions.

What you can do

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Urge him/her to override Governor Rauner’s veto of SB 1229, (House Amendment #2).
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Details of the bill are below. It is important to understand that “state agencies” refers to only those agencies directly accountable to the governor.

  • After the expiration date of the collective bargaining agreement and after a prescribed mediation period, either party can invoke the interest arbitration procedures as called for in the IPLRA.
  • The provisions of the expired agreement remain in full force until the arbitration is complete and a successor agreement is adopted.
  • The right to strike is not waived until the actual convening of the arbitration hearing.
  • This provision sunsets on June 30, 2019.
  • Following discussions involving top officials of all the major public employee unions, all unions with employees who are impacted by this proposal support its passage.

Background on SB1229

For months, Illinois labor coalition partner, AFSCME, has been locked in brutal bargaining with Governor Rauner. In addition to salary, benefits and working conditions, the continued employment for thousands of state employees hangs in the balance. They have been taking the most direct brunt of the Governor’s obsessive war on public employees and our rights to collectively bargain, which has only heightened over the past few months, leading to a budget stalemate which threatens essential government services.

It is widely known that Gov. Rauner wants to weaken and eliminate the largest and most influential union representing state employees by forcing a strike on AFSCME. For proof of that, read what AFSCME reports the governor has offered. In addition, contingency plans in case of strike have been requested from state agencies and they include the use of “temporary employees.” It has further been reported that the governor is considering use of the National Guard if state employees are forced to strike or are locked out by him.

According to AFSCME,

Rauner has said that if we don’t agree to his terms, he’ll force a strike and shut down state government until we do. Those kind of threats don’t serve the bargaining process or the citizens of our state well. The services we provide are essential to Illinois citizens. And there’s no way that ‘replacement workers’ could perform the complex and challenging jobs that we do. That’s why our union is doing everything possible to reach a fair settlement at the bargaining table.

SB1229, House Amendment #2 a bill supported by AFSCME and the other affected unions, was passed by the General Assembly in May but has been vetoed by the governor. Override votes in the House and Senate are imminent.

SB1229, House Amendment #2 is designed to ensure that AFSCME and the other unions currently negotiating with the governor continue to effectively represent state employees and remain able to achieve a fair settlement while continuing to work effectively with IEA and other public employee unions to stop a governor intent on destroying all public unions.

The Proposal

Under SB1229, House Amendment #2, the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act (IPLRA) would be amended to allow AFSCME to waive its right to strike while providing an alternative procedure for resolving collective bargaining agreements between the state of Illinois and units of employees of state agencies.

It is important to understand that “state agencies” refers to only those agencies directly accountable to the governor.

Details of the bill:

  • After the expiration date of the collective bargaining agreement and after a prescribed mediation period, either party can invoke the interest arbitration procedures as called for in the IPLRA.
  • The provisions of the expired agreement remain in full force until the arbitration is complete and a successor agreement is adopted.
  • The right to strike is not waived until the actual convening of the arbitration hearing.
  • This provision sunsets on June 30, 2019.
  • Following discussions involving top officials of all the major public employee unions, all unions with employees who are impacted by this proposal support its passage.

IEA believes it is crucial that we, the state’s largest education employee union, stand with AFSCME and all the public employee unions that have been targeted for destruction by this governor. Let’s send a clear message to the legislature.

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  1. I urge my Representatives and the House to override Governor Rauner's veto of the fair arbitration bill.

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