Derber, Milton
July 1968
Industrial & Labor Relations Review;Jul68, Vol. 21 Issue 4, p541
Academic Journal
The article focuses on a legislature passed in Illinois which assures public employees the right to form and join organizations of their own choice and to engage in collective negotiations over wages and employment terms. The bill was vetoed by the governor primarily on the grounds that a collective bargaining agreement would either amount to a usurpation of legislative power by attempting to bind succeeding legislative bodies or would be totally lacking in force and effect. It was also felt that such a bill involved the possibility of serious conflict with Civil Service laws and would eventually result in emasculating either this statute or the present Civil Service laws. The one aspect of public employee relations on which the Illinois Supreme Court has made a decisive statement is the right to strike. In 1965 the Court ruled that public school janitors, and by implication all public employees, did not have the right to strike. But it explicitly refused to make any ruling on issues of organization and collective bargaining.


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