The Fifth District Appellate Court heard oral arguments on June 13 in two consolidated appeals stemming from Gov. Bruce Rauner’s declaration that negotiations with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) have reached impasse and that workers’ contracts have expired.
The abuses perpetrated by Pat Quinn, Mike Madigan, and other insubordinate public servants need to stopped.
Despite Illinois’ billions in deficit spending and skyrocketing debt, the Illinois House of Representatives passed House Bill 278, which would transfer an additional $300 million per year of state income tax funds to local governments, continuing to prop up local overspending that fuels high property taxes.
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.