Illinois lawmakers are considering legislation backed by AFSCME that would ban a state worker strike or lockout by the administration if negotiations break down over a new labor contract.
The current labor contract between AFSCME and the state expires June 30.
If the contract talks stall, the bill, SB 1229, would require binding arbitration to resolve the issue.
AFSCME Council 31 Deputy Director Mike Newman said the two sides are "very far apart" over the new contract.
"The Rauner administration shows no sign of moving away from its extreme and far-reaching demands," he said. "The administration seems to be focused on planning for a lengthy and painful strike."
The Rauner administration says it is bargaining in good faith.
SB 1229 cleared the House Labor and Commerce Committee Thursday and now heads to the full chamber for consideration.