Rep. Breen Questions AFSCME Leader on Potential Budget Busting Bill

At an Illinois House Labor and Commerce Committee hearing on Thursday, February 11, 2016, Rep. Peter Breen vigorously questioned Michael Newman, Deputy Director of AFSCME Council 31, about HB 580 - also known as the AFSCME no strike bill. He expressed concern that the bill could potentially have a negative impact on taxpayers and the budget. 

“Illinois taxpayers are represented in contract negotiations by their elected representatives. HB 580 would reverse the will of the people and strip from our democratically elected Governor the ability to work for a union agreement that meets the needs of all Illinoisans,” said Breen, who sits on the Labor & Commerce Committee.