Lawmakers are considering two proposals that will cap wage increases for union workers. The idea is that everyone has to sacrifice until the state gets out of debt and stays out of debt for at least two years. But union officials are not happy with the plan.
AFSCME Council 31 Executive Director Henry Bayer says the proposals would place strong constraints on collective bargaining rights. They say House Joint Resolution 45 and House Resolution 608 are a direct attack on state employees because no other vendor is being asked to sacrifice in the same way. The resolutions would also allow Governor Quinn to back out of his no-layoff agreements.