Data center unionization bill begins to move in Illinois General Assembly – Crain’s Chicago Business

In most cases, that means hiring not only union labor but specific job candidates sent to a company.

After meetings involving Deputy Gov. Dan Hynes and others, sponsors have agreed to delay the effective date of the legislation from shortly after passage until Jan 1. That, as one insider puts it, will give the industry time this summer to “make nice and work something out with” labor, particularly the politically powerful International Union of Operating Engineers.

There’s still a possibility the Senate could balk at passage. But there’s no guarantee, either.

“We hope the legislature hits the pause button on this bill and gives us time over the summer and puts in place policy that will support the state’s growing data center industry,” Brad Tietz, vice president of government affairs for the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, said in a statement. “We have heard from businesses who are reconsidering their investment in the state due to this piece of legislation—period. We have been working with the sponsors and stakeholders to try and find a middle ground.”

Reliable sources say the move to require “labor peace” deals could soon be extended to other state incentives, especially in the biotech field and potentially even the large Edge payroll tax credit program.

So far, at least, Gov. J.B. Pritzker does not appear inclined to buck the unions on this one—or, with re-election looming, on much of anything else, either.


via “Illinois Politics” – Google News

May 28, 2021 at 03:13PM

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