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Janus v. AFSCME could mean more freedom for Illinois' government workers

Mailee Smith, Illinois Policy Institute Oct. 10, 2017, 11:07am

For four decades, government workers have been denied their First Amendment right to freedom of association, but that could change with a U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2018.

Stacked deck: Of all neighboring states, only Illinois gives strike powers to government unions

Mailee Smith, Illinois Policy Institute Sep. 5, 2017, 12:52pm

Illinois is the only state in the region that allows government workers to go on strike, effectively depriving residents of services they need and driving up the highest property tax bills in the nation.

Dispelling AFSCME’s myths about contract negotiations with the state of Illinois

Mailee Smith, Illinois Policy Institute Feb. 28, 2017, 9:39am

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees recently conducted a strike authorization vote. Only 80 percent of eligible workers voted, and of that group 81 percent voted to authorize a strike if the union’s bargaining committee issues the call.

AFSCME uses fake 'compromise' to set stage for state worker strike

Mailee Smith, Illinois Policy Institute Jan. 17, 2017, 8:03am

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.

Three reasons AFSCME has so much power over Illinois taxpayers

Mailee Smith, Illinois Policy Institute Nov. 28, 2016, 9:12am

Over the years, AFSCME – the state’s largest government-worker union – has amassed incredible benefits for state workers through contract negotiations with the state. When AFSCME comes to the bargaining table, it isn’t AFSCME versus the governor – it’s AFSCME versus the state taxpayer. And AFSCME holds extraordinarily more power in the process than the state taxpayers footing the bill.

November election results mean Illinois' neighbors likely to embrace worker freedom

Mailee Smith, Illinois Policy Institute Nov. 15, 2016, 8:48am

The outcome of 2016 races in nearby states may result in all states surrounding Illinois becoming Right-to-Work states – leaving Illinois a lone island in a sea of worker freedom. To remain competitive for workers and business, Illinois must consider similar reforms.

AFSCME's demands come at expense of neediest Illinoisans

Mailee Smith, Illinois Policy Institute Oct. 24, 2016, 4:30pm

By demanding a larger share of the state’s limited resources, AFSCME is depleting state funds and keeping them from social service providers and other Illinoisans who most need them.

AFSCME's demands come at expense of neediest Illinoisans

Mailee Smith, Illinois Policy Institute Oct. 18, 2016, 4:20pm

By demanding a larger share of the state’s limited resources, AFSCME is depleting state funds and keeping them from social service providers and other Illinoisans who most need them.

Educating workers about their right to opt out of union membership

Mailee Smith, Illinois Policy Institute Aug. 16, 2016, 9:02am

National Employee Freedom Week spotlights the ability of all Illinois workers – including state employees – to opt out of unions, and outlines the reforms needed to ensure true worker freedom.

HB 580, AFSCME undermine fair contract negotiations

Mailee Smith, Illinois Policy Institute May 17, 2016, 6:37am

Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed House Bill 580 on Monday, a bill that strips taxpayers of representation during the state’s negotiations with government-worker unions.