The start of the Illinois legislature’s fall veto session brings more reminders of the state’s strained labor situation. The governor last week cancelled the contract with AFSCME as a negotiating move. His general counsel, John Schomberg, explained it to members of the House Revenue and Finance Committee Monday afternoon:
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“They are working without a contract but, under Illinois law, the overwhelming majority of the contract terms remain in place. The only differences are that, in some cases, for some grievances that occurred after the contract was not extended, they may not be heard. And that’s taken on a case-by-case basis,” he said.
The committee chairman, State Rep. John Bradley (D-Marion), asked Schomberg, “Do you think it’s fair to negotiate contracts without our involvement and send us the bill?”
Schomberg responded, “I don’t, and that’s not what we’re doing. We’re in continual dialogue with members of the General Assembly.”
Schomberg told the lawmakers the negotiations resume Dec. 11.