After nearly a year of contract negotiations between Governor Pat Quinn and AFSCME, the state's largest government-employee union, the Illinois legislature is getting involved. Contract negotiations are typically the responsibility of the executive branch, the governor. But Representative David Harris, a Republican from Mount Prospect, says it makes sense for the legislature to get involved:
"As the entity that has to appropriate the dollars to pay these salaries, we should have a voice."
Lawmakers are considering a resolution that says they won't pay for raises in a new contract in the current budget year. It also says the union can't bargain over the size of the government workforce. That's been a point of contention as the governor tries to close prisons, developmental centers and other state facilities. The measure was approved by the House Revenue committee yesterday, and still has to go before the full House and Senate.
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