30,000 Illinois state workers begin strike authorization vote.


When billionaire businessmen take charge of government, chaos seems to follow.

The latest corporate thing is direct control of government by businessmen. It’s not as if they didn’t do it before, but they always went through a middleman, a politician.

Rauner was among the first to try a direct takeover.

Trump is into it now.

What a mess, right?

Illinois state workers who are members of AFSCME started voting on strike authorization. The voting will take a couple of weeks. You know the drill. It is not a vote to strike. It is a vote to give the leadership the authority to call a strike.

The Governor made a last, best and final offer to AFSCME members.

That’s a take it or leave it offer.

It’s an attack on collective bargaining.

Pro-labor legislators passed a bill calling for binding arbitration. The Governor vetoed it and the legislature failed to override.

(AFSCME’s Anders) Lindall said each of the union’s 74 locals will designate a time and place to conduct informational meetings about what a strike-authorization vote entails. Informational meetings have been going on for some time, he said.

Those meetings will cover what was in AFSCME’s framework to resume contract negotiations a year after the administration of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner broke them off, saying talks had reached an impasse. Last fall, the Illinois Labor Relations Board agreed talks were at an impasse, opening the door for the administration to impose its last, best and final offer on the union.

This is what happens when you give direct control of government to a businessman.


5 Replies to “30,000 Illinois state workers begin strike authorization vote.”

  1. The people that can strike and or be cut off from payroll include those who are vital for some federal consent decrees. The executive is the one in charge and that is who the judge will toss in jail.

  2. State pension subsidies that allow districts and universities to dole out higher pay, end-of-career salary hikes and pensionable perks. Going forward, local school districts and universities should
    be responsible for paying the annual (normal) cost of pensions. (Savings: higher education: $450 million; K-12: $970 million)

    1. There already is a 6% cap on TRS pensionable raises. So that in the final four years of teaching a teacher gets a 3% COLA and takes on an after school stipend position, say as a coach, band director or school bus superivisor, and exceeds the 6%, the district is fined heavily. If the normal cost, the amount paid to the retiree, is shifted to local districts at a time when the major funding of school districts is based on local property taxes, there would be little left for current operating costs in cash strapped districts. If a pension cost shift is to take place, the funding of Illinois school districts must also be shifted away from reliance on local property taxes to an increase in a state income tax that is graduated and progressive.

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