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    How the Super-Rich Are Attempting an Illinois Takeover -- and Trying to Shut Out Working Families
    You have to go all the way back to ancient Athens to find an explanation for what's happening in our country today. It was the political philosopher Aristotle who first used the term "oligarchy" to refer to rule by the rich, warning against the dangers posed to democracy when a small elite takes control of the reins of power to advance its own interests.

    That danger has never been more real in our lifetimes than it is right now, and perhaps no greater anywhere in this country than in my own state of Illinois. Bruce Rauner, our newly-elected billionaire Republican governor, spent more than $25 million of his own money to win election, then immediately created a $20 million intimidation fund to threaten any politician who won't go along with his agenda.
    Many goals unite the New American Oligarchy to which Bruce Rauner belongs: the privatization of public services, a tax system that shields their riches, the destruction of public education, diminished workplace rights and consumer protections, lower wages, and far too much more of that ilk.

    But there's no doubt that their first and foremost goal is to clear the playing field of one of the few entities that has the resources and determination to stand up to them -- America's labor unions.
    How the Super-Rich Are Attempting an Illinois Takeover -- and Trying to Shut Out Working Families:(|:(Roberta Lynch

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    Rauner’s effort to stop fair-share fees suffers a blow in federal court

    As part of his bid to stop mandatory “fair share” fees for non-union public employees, Rauner wants to withhold such fees during the court process. Unions sued Rauner in St. Clair County over his executive order. Rauner then tried to move the case to federal court, but a federal judge ruled the issue belongs in state court.
    Illinois unions win first legal battle against Rauner

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    Default Re: Illinois Gov. Rauner, union leaders tangle during Mount Vernon stop

    Don't mention the “U” word around Rauner
    Maybe it's religion, or the Middle East, or President Barack Obama, or abortion, or climate change. Maybe it's something as minor as the designated hitter rule.

    All of a sudden, your friend turns into a raging, hissing monster, impervious to rational discussion. I've known plenty of people who are no longer on speaking terms with family members or longtime friends after enduring one too many of those uber-dogmatic freakouts.

    That brings us to Gov. Bruce Rauner.
    He's successful in so many ways, whether in business or campaign politics. He has charm, a strong sense of humor and an eagerness to learn, which was evident when he showed some newly acquired governing chops by working with the General Assembly to fix a big hole in the current fiscal year's budget.

    But, man, get him on the topic of unions and he becomes a fanatic.
    http://www.chicagobusiness.com/artic...-around-rauner

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    Judge overturns Illinois order restricting union dues
    BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A judge has issued an order requiring Illinois government agencies to immediately reinstate mandatory union dues for nonmembers.

    Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner last month issued an executive order ending the dues, which nonmembers must pay to cover the cost of non-political union activities that benefit all employees.

    Friday's order by St. Clair County Associate Judge Christopher Kolker requires the Rauner administration to "remit fair share fees ... pending the resolution of the case" and to transmit "the correct payroll information" regarding gross pay for affected employees to Illinois' comptroller. The order is based on an agreement between the administration and unions.
    Judge overturns Illinois order restricting union dues - Wandtv.com, NewsCenter17, StormCenter17, Central Illinois News-

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    Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner Accuses Unions Of Manipulating Elections

    Between this guy and Scott Walker, all I can say is I am glad I live in New Mexico! Of course our Susana is not much better.
    CHICAGO -- Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner Saturday accused lawmakers who accept campaign contributions from public employee unions of engaging in a “conflict of interest,” railing against the influence of organized labor in determining state workers’ salaries and benefits. But Rauner dismissed questions about his own potential conflicts of interest: his acceptance of campaign contributions from executives at financial firms that manage state pension money.

    “They are just taxpayers. They don’t do business [with the state],” Rauner told International Business Times.

    In November, International Business Times reported Rauner accepted more than $140,000 worth of campaign contributions from executives at firms contracted to invest Illinois pension money. He has also accepted millions more from executives at other financial firms, which face state regulation and oversight.
    Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner Accuses Unions Of Manipulating Elections

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    Default Re: Illinois Gov. Rauner, union leaders tangle during Mount Vernon stop

    Follow the money. It leads right to the front steps of the Koch's mansions. If you look closely at the front porch you will see hundreds of union busting lap dogs waiting for the Koch's to throw them a bone.
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    Illinois' Rauner has met the enemy and it is unions
    CHICAGO — In Bruce Rauner's Illinois, the common villain behind crushing pension debt, municipalities sliding toward bankruptcy and businesses bypassing the state is organized labor.

    "Government union bosses" are also the reason that Chicago Public Schools are likely to go bankrupt, the Republican governor said recently. And residents of the city, which Rauner says faces greater financial peril than Illinois, can blame them if property taxes skyrocket, he says.

    In a little more than 100 days as chief executive of the nation's lowest-rated state, Rauner has begun an election-worthy campaign tying much of Illinois's financial misery to the actions of organized labor. If union power isn't rolled back in a state where one in seven workers is a member, Illinois is doomed, he says.
    Illinois' Rauner has met the enemy and it is unions - Chicago Tribune

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    Court Pension Smackdown Toughens Job for U.S. Governors, Mayors
    The court’s ruling that the state constitution bans any reduction in worker retirement benefits was the latest victory for an American labor movement that’s otherwise been on a long losing streak. It signals that governors and mayors, Republicans and Democrats alike, may be unable to avoid the politically unpalatable choice of tax increases or service cuts.

    “It’s a problem from hell,” said Graham Wilson, chairman of the political science department at Boston University and director of the school’s Initiative on Cities project. “The only thing that works is to get everyone around the table and convince them that it’s better to make a deal now than down the road, when it’s even tougher.”
    Court Pension Smackdown Toughens Job for U.S. Governors, Mayors - Bloomberg Politics

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    House to vote on Right to Work: 'It's gonna fail. It's meant to fail. And it will fail.'
    “Political theater” or a “serious vote” on which legislators must take a stand.

    Those are the contrasting views of the Illinois House vote scheduled Thursday for Gov. Bruce Rauner’s much trumpeted right-to-work proposal.

    But after all the talk, the anti-union bill is expected to get as many “yes” votes as last week’s vote on his proposed cuts to social services:

    Zero.

    “It will fail miserably in the House of Representatives tomorrow,” a legislative source said Wednesday. “Certain members of organized labor are getting lots of people worked up over nothing. It’s gonna fail. It’s meant to fail. And it will fail.”
    House to vote on Right to Work: 'It's gonna fail. It's meant to fail. And it will fail.' | Chicago

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    Illinois House votes down right-to-work proposal
    As expected, the Illinois House on Thursday overwhelmingly rejected Gov. Bruce Rauner's idea to allow local right-to-work zones that would let workers to opt out of paying union dues at jobs covered by unions.

    The House voted 0-72, with another 37 lawmakers voting "present."

    All 71 Democrats voted against the bill. They were joined by one Republican: Rep. Raymond Poe of Springfield.

    Poe, whose district includes a large number of unionized state workers, bucked the wishes of Rauner, who wanted all Republicans to vote "present." Labor unions were pressing for everyone to vote "no" on the bill.
    Illinois House votes down right-to-work proposal - News - The State Journal-Register - Springfield, IL

 

 
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