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McGuire votes to support union workers in contract dispute

McGuire2014squareSPRINGFIELD — Most state employees have been working without a contract since last summer. Negotiations since between the governor’s office and the union that represents the employees have not proved fruitful. State Senator Pat McGuire (D-Joliet) helped pass legislation today that not only will keep workers on the job but also will help broker a deal that is fair for both sides.

House Bill 580 introduces interest arbitration to the negotiating process between the governor’s office and AFSCME. Current law allows the state, in the event of a genuine impasse, to implement its final offer, which the union then chooses to accept or go on strike.

Interest arbitration involves a neutral third party to help resolve contract disputes. Each side would have its own delegate and then agree to the third party. This arbitrator has the authority to then impose terms of a new contract, and the employees give up their right to strike during the arbitration process.

“AFSCME members perform essential work throughout our area,” McGuire said, referencing Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill in particular. “Interest arbitration already is in place for police, firefighters and other public safety workers. It’s a proven concept, and Governor Rauner can show that he values the hard work that our union members do for their families and their communities by signing HB 580.”

With the Senate’s approval of HB 580, it now goes to the governor for his signature.

Sen. Pat McGuire

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43rd District

Years served:
2012 - Present

Committee assignments: Appropriations II; Environment and Conservation; Higher Education (Chairperson); Revenue; State Government (Vice-Chairperson); Transportation; Subcommittee on Capital.

Biography: Former teacher, school board member, Will County treasurer and Braidwood City Clerk; attended Joliet Catholic schools from first grade through college; married (Lora) with one daughter (Molly).

Associated Representatives:
John Connor
Lawrence Walsh, Jr.