Illinois Gov. Rauner Vetoes Union Arbitration Bill

May 16, 2016

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has vetoed legislation to allow an arbitrator to settle state-employee wages and working conditions if union negotiations stall. 

In his veto message Monday, the Republican governor called the bill "dangerous," adding it would replace his bargaining power with a union-friendly arbitrator. Ruling Democrats can try to override the veto. 

AFSCME's state council Executive Director Roberta Lynch says the bill is a compromise to avoid a strike.

The veto comes as the Rauner administration and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees present their case during a weeks-long hearing with the state's labor board as to whether negotiations have reached an impasse. 

That determination would give Rauner the power to impose his own terms for a contract to replace the one that expired June 30.