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    Rauner: Right to work off the table “for now”
    Gov. Rauner has long said he is not pushing a “right-to-work” agenda for Illinois, but when speaking to a friendly crowd Friday at the Illinois Manufacturers Association’s annual luncheon, Rauner said the idea was only off the table “for now.”

    “Our labor regulations, while all the states around us have gone right-to-work, that’s killing a lot of employers,” Rauner said. “I’ve taken that off the table, for now anyway, in the spirit of trying to get a deal.”

    Rauner is currently pushing a less aggressive version of right-to-work, which allows local governments and school districts to decide what gets collectively bargained and whether or not to pay prevailing union wage rates on public projects.
    Capitol Fax.com - Your Illinois News Radar » Rauner: Right to work off the table “for now”

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    Gov. Rauner seeks labor board ruling on impasse in talks with AFSCME

    A week after denying it had declared negotiations at an impasse, the Rauner administration Friday asked the state labor relations board to determine if contract talks with the largest state employee union have stalled.

    If the Illinois Labor Relations Board rules in favor of the administration, it could open the door to the administration imposing its contract terms on the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31 that represents about 38,000 state employees.

    The union would then have to decide whether to accept the terms, go on strike or challenge the labor board’s ruling in court.

    AFSCME executive director Roberta Lynch said Friday, "It’s regrettable and damaging to the public interest that the governor has chosen a confrontational path.”
    Gov. Rauner seeks labor board ruling on impasse in talks with AFSCME - News - The State Journal-Register - Springfield, IL

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    Illinois Supreme Court ruling forces city to find new fix for 2 pension funds

    Now here is some news!
    The Illinois Supreme Court dealt Mayor Rahm Emanuel — and in turn Chicago taxpayers — a big blow on Thursday when it found unconstitutional a law that aimed to shore up two city pension funds by cutting benefits and requiring workers to pay more toward retirement.

    A group of unions, current workers and retired employees sued in response to the law, noting the 1970 Illinois Constitution states that pension benefits, once granted, "shall not be diminished or impaired." In a 5-0 ruling, the state's high court once again agreed with that argument, less than a year after reaching the same conclusion in a separate case covering state pension systems.
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    Thousands protest Rauner's call to change labor laws
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Thousands of union supporters from across Illinois rallied in front of the state Capitol building Wednesday to protest Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's call for changes to collective bargaining policies.

    The protesters called for an end to a nearly yearlong stalemate on a state budget, pay raises and a new contract for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the state's largest union representing Illinois workers.

    The march, organized by a coalition of unions, Illinois Working Together, came days after Rauner vetoed a bill that would let an arbitrator settle state-employee wages and working conditions if talks stalled. The governor and AFSCME are making their cases before the state labor board to determine if those negotiations are at an impasse. The contract with the union, which represents 36,000 state workers, expired June 30.
    Thousands protest Rauner's call to change labor laws | Illinois | pantagraph.com

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    Uhlein exec backs “right-to-work” and right wing causes

    ST. LOUIS – Is your union – or are you — doing business with Uihlein?

    Richard Uhlein, the Illinois mega-donor executive behind the family-owned Uihlein packaging company — a major supplier to unions and other businesses of shipping, retail, safety, material handling and industrial supplies in Missouri, Illinois and nationwide — has contributed $500,000 to the effort to make Missouri a “right-to-work” (RTW) state.

    Uihlein contributed in late February to a Kansas City-based political action committee named “Freedom to Work,” formed last year to oppose efforts to take Missouri’s phony anti-worker, anti-union RTW legislation to a vote of the people.

    Uihlein has also contributed to the campaigns of three top right-wing Republicans: Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens and Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley’s bid for U.S. Senate. The two governors are notable union haters who constantly scheme to destroy workers and their unions, especially public workers.
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    This guy is another real winner for unions.

    Rauner’s Toyota claim a misleading, false promise
    On September 27, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner told the Pantagraph that Bloomington-Normal was in serious contention for a Mazda-Toyota auto plant, but the existence of unions and Illinois laws lost the potential jobs to Alabama.

    The Governor’s statement, part of his re-election bid, raised many questions. If Bloomington-Normal was in supposed conjunction for this plant, why weren’t local leaders included in his visit to Japan to, which did include delegates from DeKalb and Roselle? Is this using a job temptation as another way for the Governor to dismiss the hard-working people of Central Illinois?

    Most troubling was his union conjectures. Somehow, it is assumed that a labor union floats down out of the sky and imposes itself on a workplace. What the Governor misses and what employees at the Mitsubishi plant could tell him was that they democratically voted to have a union. A union is not an outside institution, it is a workers’ organization within a plant.
    Rauner’s agenda throughout his Governorship is based on low-road economics. Rather than pushing for middle-class jobs, his agenda is cutting the minimum wage and discouraging worker voices. Mitsubishi workers, thanks to their UAW contract, had decent pay and benefits. They could afford to buy homes and the cars they built. They were active in the community, as coaches, scout leaders and United Way contributors. Two particular charities, Toys for Tots and the Bone Marrow Registry, were greatly aided by involved union leaders and generous members.
    WJBC Voices: Rauner’s Toyota claim a misleading, false promise | WJBC AM 1230

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    Illinois lawmakers again vote to criminalize local right-to-work measures

    Illinois lawmakers have resurrected and are moving ahead with legislation that would make creating local right-to-work zones at the municipal level a criminal offense.

    While reporters in the Capitol building were peppering Gov. J.B. Pritzker with questions about his newly-unveiled progressive tax rates, state Senators voted to send a measure to the House that would make it illegal for local governments to create right-to-work zones in their jurisdictions. Such zones allow employees to refuse union membership and still be employed.

    Sponsor Ram Villivalam, D-Chicago, said the bill will support economic development, protect the quality of essential services and confirm a commitment to a highly-trained workforce.
    https://www.mdjonline.com/neighbor_n...cfa3d7d4e.html

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    Legislation barring local governments from establishing what is known as right-to-work zones has been signed by Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

    The bill prohibits laws barring employers and labor organizations from signing contracts that require workers to join unions or pay dues.

    The law, which takes effect immediately, is a result of the Chicago suburb of Lincolnshire creating a right-to-work zone in 2015. The ordinance was overturned by a federal court, but the village has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

    During a bill-signing event at the Capitol on Friday, Pritzker said the legislation "makes it abundantly clear that we have turned the page here in Illinois."
    https://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/war...briyYmxn5O-4BQ
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