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Labor Negotiation Bill May Come Up For Veto Override Vote

Amanda Vinicky/Illinois Public Radio

  Last week, thousands of union members rallied in Springfield,  asking lawmakers to override a gubernatorial veto.  The bill would change how the state negotiates with labor.

Democratic Representative Emanuel Chris Welch now says he  plans to call the measure for a vote.

He says state employees made their voices heard.

"Both in the districts and down here. I think the rally in Springfield last week was very impressive. And people are hearing that. So we're going to put it on the board and see if the votes are there," he said.

The legislation would require stalled contract talks to be settled by an arbitrator.   Governor Bruce Rauner has called it the "worst" bill he's seen.  But unions say he’s trying to force a strike or walk-out.

It's the second time Rauner vetoed the idea.  House Democrats' previous attempt fell short by three votes.  


Amanda Vinicky moved to Chicago Tonight on WTTW-TV PBS in 2017.