AFSCME supporting anti-strike legislation

SPRINGFIELD - The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees is supporting legislation that would help prevent strikes.

The union-proposed measure was approved by the House Labor and Commerce Committee in a 16-9 vote.  The measure will now go to the full House for consideration.

The proposal would require binding arbitration in the event that contract negotiations fall through, preventing the union from striking and Governor Bruce Rauner from locking out workers.  Rauner is supporting a wage freeze for the union's 38,000 members.  The wage freeze would go into effect with a contract that begins on July 1.

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