Senate passes key collective bargaining measureSPRINGFIELD – The Senate took action today on a key collective bargaining measure, passing a proposal that would mandate arbitration and prohibit strikes and lockouts if an agreement cannot be reached between the governor and Illinois’ largest public-sector union.

State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights), a co-sponsor of the proposal, released the following statement after voting in favor of the measure:

“The plan I supported today establishes guidelines for compromise – the same guidelines used by unions in the private sector when an agreement cannot be reached. Illinois is in the midst of a historic budget impasse that is causing our social safety net to fall apart before our eyes. The last thing this state needs is a labor stoppage for the thousands of workers who keep Illinois going.”

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