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

    A State Employee Strike Could Be On The Horizon
    Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's office appears to be preparing in case there's a strike. The state's contract with its largest public employees' union, AFSCME, expires when the state's fiscal year ends on June 30.
    The governor was asked this month if state employees should be concerned about layoffs or a strike.

    "Hopefully not," he said. "We've got to make some big changes. Changes are hard. And there's going to be a lot of resistant to change."
    A State Employee Strike Could Be On The Horizon | WNIJ and WNIU

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    Rauner administration could call in National Guard, retired workers to fill empty positions in possible state worker strike

    It amazes me the mess that these governors have created in their states, this guy and Scott Walker both.
    Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and his aides are eyeing the end of the month-long American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees contract extension with caution. If a new contract agreement isn’t reached by July 31, the union could choose to strike and leave state government (already operating with no budget) with considerably fewer employees.

    As a final stopgap, the governor’s office has been calling retired state workers to ask if they would be willing to return to their old jobs if the current workers strike, the State Journal-Register reports. And the Illinois National Guard could be called in to fill in empty positions, says Statehouse Bureau Chief Kurt Erickson of Lee Enterprises.

    Both measures are seen as crisis-averting by the Rauner administration, but are receiving some push back from the very people asked to help.

    The Journal-Register reports that calls from government offices, asking former state workers to resume their old posts, have received mixed reactions. One man, David Scheina, said that he was “appalled” to be asked to “cross a potential picket line” and go back to his job at the Department of Children and Family Services. Plus, he told the Journal-Register, his own situation with the state government isn’t completely resolved:
    Rauner explores options to avoid state worker strike

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    Rauner names powerful union boss to state labor panel

    Gov. Bruce Rauner has appointed a powerful union boss who’s denounced Rauner’s own statements on organized labor to a seat on a state labor board.

    The Republican governor on Friday named Teamsters leader John T. Coli to an unpaid seat on the Illinois Labor Advisory Board, which assists the state labor department on employment policies, laws and regulations.

    Coli, 55, is a key political ally of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s. He also endorsed Rauner’s opponent, Democrat Pat Quinn, in last year’s governor’s race.
    Rauner names powerful union boss to state labor panel | Chicago

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    Illinois Senate votes to override Rauner's veto of union arbitration bill
    Despite heated opposition from Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, the Illinois Senate voted Wednesday to override his veto of a bill that could send labor talks with state employee unions to binding arbitration.

    The Senate voted 38-15 to override the veto. The chamber needed 36 votes to override.

    Sen. Sam McCann, R-Plainview, whose district includes large numbers of state workers, was the only Republican to vote in favor of the override. He said he was simply voting the wishes of his constituents.

    "I represent more state employees than any other member of the General Assembly," McCann said. "Approximately 99.9 percent of the points of contact I received from my constituents over the last several weeks, literally thousands of points of contact, they asked me to vote to override."
    Illinois Senate votes to override Rauner's veto of union arbitration bill - News - The State Journal-Register - Springfield, IL

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    Union Bill Fails — Rauner Declares Victory

    AFSCME and other state employee unions have had a rough time in contract negotiations with the Rauner administration. So they backed legislation that would let an arbitrator decide the contract if the union and governor couldn't come to an agreement.

    The governor vetoed that legislation, and Democrats in the House tried — and failed — to override him.

    Rauner and like-minded Republicans, like Representative Jeanne Ives of Wheaton, say unions are asking for more than Illinois can afford.

    "Some of you are going to be winners, and some of you are going to be losers," Ives said during debate. "And what you're going to lose is your livelihood, because there's no other way to pay for this."
    Union Bill Fails

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    Archbishop Cupich defends unions, criticizes 'right to work'

    CHICAGO (WLS) --
    Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich defended labor unions and criticized politicians pushing for "right to work" laws in Illinois on Thursday at Plumbers Hall in the West Loop.

    Unlike his conservative predecessor, the late Cardinal Francis George, the new leader of the Chicago Archdiocese has taken a decidedly progressive stance on union rights.

    "I have come today to tell Chicago workers the Catholic Church is with you," Archbishop Cupich told hundreds of union members and leaders.
    Archbishop Cupich defends unions, criticizes 'right to work' | abc7chicago.com

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

    Rauner reaches deals with 3 unions
    Three more unions representing state workers have reached tentative deals on new labor contracts, Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration said Thursday.

    However, the administration has yet to reach an agreement on a new labor pact with the largest state employee union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

    The new contracts would cover the International Union of Operating Engineers, the Plumbers and Pipefitters union, and the International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers.

    The administration said the agreements cover “a few hundred workers.” They are employed in the departments of Agriculture, Central Management Services, Corrections, Human Services, Juvenile Justice, Military Affairs, Transportation and Veterans’ Affairs, the Illinois State Police, and the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.
    Rauner reaches deals with 3 unions - News - Pekin Daily Times - Pekin, IL

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    State reaches agreements with 11 labor unions
    SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office said Wednesday that it has reached agreement on new contracts with 11 more labor unions, most of them trade unions, representing about 500 state workers.

    The Republican’s administration used the announcement to once again criticize the largest state employee union — Council 31 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees — for failing to come to an agreement on a new contract after months of negotiations.

    “These developments stand in stark contrast to the ongoing negotiations with AFSCME Council 31,” the administration said in a prepared statement. “Despite being offered substantially the same material terms as the Teamsters and the Trades, AFSCME has to date rejected the governor’s chief proposals.”
    State reaches agreements with 11 labor unions - News - Journal Star - Peoria, IL

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

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    The Republican’s administration used the announcement to once again criticize the largest state employee union — Council 31 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees — for failing to come to an agreement on a new contract after months of negotiations.
    What! A republican governor in Illinois? Former governor Rod Blagojevich would not criticize the largest state employee union but then he's in prison. How about gov Quinn? He ran Illinois for decades. Oh ya Rauner booted him. Rauner and Christie are two of a kind. They like to pick on public unions
    down with republican governors

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

    I think Illinois is as bad as Wisconsin now.

    A Wealthy Governor and His Friends Are Remaking Illinois

    The families remaking Illinois are among a small group around the country who have channeled their extraordinary wealth into political power, taking advantage of regulatory, legal and cultural shifts that have carved new paths for infusing money into campaigns. Economic winners in an age of rising inequality, operating largely out of public view, they are reshaping government with fortunes so large as to defy the ordinary financial scale of politics. In the 2016 presidential race, a New York Times analysis found last month, just 158 families had provided nearly half of the early campaign money.
    The really scary thing about this is that most states are dealing with this.

    Most of them lean Republican; some are Democrats. But to a remarkable degree, their philosophies are becoming part of a widely adopted blueprint for public officials around the country: Critical of the power of unions, many are also determined to reduce spending and taxation, and are skeptical of government-led efforts to mitigate the growing gap between the rich and everyone else.

    “There was never so much money behind these efforts,” said Iris J. Lav, formerly a senior adviser at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a left-leaning economic think tank in Washington.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/30/us...uner.html?_r=0

 

 
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