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.
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.