Mark Glennon was one of Governor Rauner’s point men on pension thievery.
Glennon publishes an online site called Wirepoints.
What is helpful about Glennon is that he and his web site embody the right wing’s key anti-worker agenda items in a single one-stop shop: Pension thievery and union busting.
It also demonstrates how out of touch they are with the public.
Polling on the issue of public pensions shows that most people in Illinois believe that pension promises should be kept.
Today’s Sun-Times released a poll showing that half of those asked support the Chicago Teacher Union in their current negotiations, even if they strike.
The poll also provides evidence that Chicagoans are not interested in demonizing either Mayor Lightfoot or CTU President Jesse Sharkey.
Both are committed to the process.
To me this demonstrates that the public supports quality public schools AND understands how collective bargaining works.
Glennon’s Wirepoints tries to paint a different picture.
What gives the Chicago Teachers Union the power to strike – or threaten to strike – every time they don’t like a new contract proposal? How can the union maintain such a combative stance and get away with it? How can they strand Chicago families and children – the very people they are supposed to serve – at a whim?
One of the answers lies in the state’s collective bargaining rules. They are among the most anti-taxpayer labor laws in the country. Take strikes, for example. Illinois is the only state among its neighbors that enshrines teacher strikes in its collective bargaining laws. In contrast, strikes are illegal in Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri, Kentucky and Iowa.
In fact, Illinois is one of just 12 states nationally where teacher strikes are legal, according to the Center for Economic and Policy Research. Strikes in the other 38 states are illegal, either explicitly or because collective bargaining is outlawed to begin with.
Again, recent polling shows how out of touch the union busters and pension thieves are.
When teachers walked off the job in Right-to-Work states across the Red State South, the public supported them.
And because of public support for teachers and public schools, the states were politically powerless to stop the walkouts, even though they were illegal.