Generally, members of the law enforcement community are a pretty conservative bunch and because we work in government we see first hand some of the ridiculous waste and nonsense that occurs around us. We have been awaiting a political leader who will make all things right. Correct all the inequities we have been witness to. And along comes Governor Bruce Rauner with his “Turnaround Illinois” agenda and many of us have said “YES” finally someone who will turn all this around!
Governor Rauner has taken his agenda on the road and many communities have bought into his message and passed or attempted to pass resolutions endorsing his agenda. Some of us have been ambivalent, thinking this really doesn’t affect us. Some of us have been supportive, thinking it’s about time! Most of us have not read the resolution that the governor is passing around; for if we had, we would be deeply concerned about our future…
The resolution below (in italics) ultimately advocates that we here in Illinois (law enforcement community included) acquiesce our rights to collectively bargain with our employers, not be fairly compensated when we are hurt on the job and that the standard of living that generates overall good wages and benefits be reduced.
It’s time that we all start to pay attention… Before it’s too late…
The Turnaround Agenda - Local Government “Empowerment” and “Reform”
WHEREAS, Illinois state law creates a "one size fits all" approach to collective bargaining for local units of governments. This approach creates added costs which are ultimately passed on to taxpayers.
WHEREAS, Voters and local officials should determine what is a subject of bargaining - not the State.
WHEREAS, Local control of bargaining would allow voters or local governments to determine if certain topics should be excluded from collective bargaining, including contracting, wages, provisions of health insurance, use of employee time, required levels of staffing, procedures and criteria for personnel evaluations, academic performance, conduct, and discipline in school.
WHEREAS, State law sets thresholds for workers on state and local construction projects increasing
WHEREAS, State law has increased utilization of Project Labor Agreements for construction projects.
WHEREAS, Repealing the Illinois Prevailing Wage Law and the requirements for Project Labor
Agreements would allow local governments more control over construction and project costs.
WHEREAS, More than 280 unfunded mandates have been imposed in recent years on communities across Illinois, costing those communities billions. Rolling back mandates will create more flexibility in local government budgets.
WHEREAS, Illinois' workers' compensation costs are the seventh highest in the nation - and more than double the costs in Indiana.
WHEREAS, Updating how injuries are apportioned to ensure employers pay for injuries that occur on the job, a clarification regarding the definition of "traveling employees" to ensure a reasonable standard that excludes risks that would impact the general public, and implementation of American Medical Association guidelines when determining impairment would result in major cost savings for local governments.
WHEREAS, Voters in our community should be allowed to decide via referendum whether or not employees should be forced to join a union or pay dues as a condition of employment.
WHEREAS, Local empowerment zones will help attract jobs and make our community more attractive for businesses.
WHEREAS, Local governments face unfunded liabilities that threaten core services and functions of government; state action on pension reform for future work should provide local governments the ability to address pension reform for future work as well.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, ENTER YOUR COMMUNITY endorses major reforms in state government that will encourage local control, reduce costs on local governments, empower local voters, and increase competiveness in our community.