Senator Mulroe speaking ont he floorSPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate again voted today in favor of a measure aimed at protecting working families and the middle class. State Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago) voted in favor of HB580.

The proposal requires both parties to continue negotiations rather than causing a strike or lockout. Mulroe supported a similar measure when it passed the Senate in April, and again voted for that legislation in August of last year.

“This proposal provides a process (arbitration) to resolve issues that cannot be resolved during meaningful and reasonable negotiations,” Mulroe stated. “Arbitration is not mandated. It is the last resort in effort to avoid shutting the government down, which could occur because of a strike or a lockout.”

HB580 would ensure that both parties come to an agreement. In the event that the parties disagree, a final offer would be submitted by both parties and negotiations would continue through the implementation of an arbitrator.

“It simply persuades both sides to move toward a mutual agreement,” Mulroe reiterated. “This would keep the doors of government open.”

The measure passed the Senate by a 38 to 17 vote, and moves to the governor’s desk.

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