The debate on the reform of the Commission of Industrial Relations lasted seven hours Wednesday night before advancing on first round in the legislature. For more than 50 years the CIR has been resolving wage disputes in the state and many feel it’s time for reform. That includes Senator Tony Fulton of Lincoln, who has agreed to sit down with Senator Steve Lathrop of Omaha and make some changes.
“In all of this, I will say that I reserve the right to walk away as does Senator Lathrop. So we’re going to have to get together and put our minds to it and see if there isn’t some way that we can find some common ground in the parameters that we’ve laid out here.”
The goal is to make the CIR more fair when it comes to negotiating contracts and wages with state workers.