It’s onto the next phase in the ongoing labor dispute between Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and the state’s largest government-worker union.
Rauner requested in January that the Illinois Labor Relations Board review contract negotiations with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees to see whether the two sides were at an impasse. In April, the labor board began hearings. Those hearings wrapped up this week.
When the hearings began, Kathryn Nelson, general counsel for the labor board, said she will be the one to receive the case.
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“After there has been a conclusion of the hearings and parties have filed post-hearing briefs, there will be a written decision by the hearing officer and then the parties will have an opportunity to file briefs taking exception to the hearing officer’s decision,” Nelson said.
After that each party can file appeals.
“Once those exceptions are filed and appropriate responses are filed, then the order will ultimately be presented to the five-member board,” Nelson said.
The board will review and then make the final decision to accept, reject or amend the opinion.
The state and AFSCME have been without a contract since July 2015.