Michael Sullivan, chair of the firm's Labor & Employment Group, is quoted in "Illinois Legislature Power Plays Threaten USD 500m in Savings," published in the Aug. 19, 2015, edition of DebtWire.
The article concerns whether the Illinois Senate will decide to override Gov. Rauner’s veto of SB 1229, which allows an arbitrator to decide between Rauner’s proposal of union contracts and the unions’ amidst an impasse. An override requires a supermajority vote in both the Senate and the House.
Mir. Sullivan said the bill could economically strain an already stressed state. The bill fundamentally alters the balance of power in collective bargaining. "It allows for an arbitrator who has not been elected to impose contract terms on the parties," he said.