AFSCME uses fake ‘compromise’ to set stage for state worker strike

By Mailee Smith
01/13/2017
AFSCME – the state’s largest government-worker union – spent two years pushing for contract provisions that would cost state taxpayers billions. Now that the union has lost before the state labor board, it has issued a “framework” for compromise. But that “framework” is merely a publicity stunt to make the union appear reasonable while union leaders threaten a strike to obtain contract provisions that burden state taxpayers.

TAGS: AFSCME: American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, labor, unions

AFSCME ends 2016 the way it started it: costing taxpayers millions

By Mailee Smith
12/25/2016
2016 is ending much the same way it began for Illinois taxpayers – with AFSCME costing the state millions of dollars as it stalls progress on a contract for state workers. We can expect more of the same in 2017, with union leadership doing all it can to thwart Gov. Bruce Rauner and the state’s labor board – including the possibility of a state worker strike.

TAGS: AFSCME: American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, Bruce Rauner, labor, unions

AFSCME turns to courts to delay Rauner contract, costing taxpayers millions

By Mailee Smith
12/09/2016
A judge in Cook County has issued a temporary restraining order halting a labor board decision that would allow the state to implement its contract with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. The delay costs Illinois taxpayers over $1 million more each day in state-worker health coverage costs.

TAGS: AFSCME: American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, Bruce Rauner, labor

Palatine school board approves $130 million building referendum for November ballot

By Mailee Smith
10/28/2016
Palatine-area Community Consolidated School District 15 is once again a hotbed of debate, as the school board that recently tied taxpayers to a 10-year union contract has now approved a $130 million building referendum to be placed on the November ballot. Before voting, residents need to take into consideration the school board’s history of closed-door decision-making, as well as the substantial economic impact the referendum could have on local taxpayers.

TAGS: collective bargaining, education, labor, unions