The Illinois FOP Labor Council

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By IL FOP Labor Council, Staff - Thursday, April 16, 2015

 

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.

So what is really being said here is that we should dissolve the state law that guarantees us the right to collectively bargain with our employer and return to the days of “collective begging”.  Certainly, our benevolent local officials will treat us fairly!   

WHEREAS, State law sets thresholds for workers on state and local construction projects increasing

costs significantly.

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.

So if we can reduce the wages of our friends and neighbors we will have a more productive government?  And those same neighbors will have less money to spend in our communities??? 

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.

What mandates are we talking about here?  The mandates that guarantee us our pensions?  The mandates that insure we have a relatively safe working environment?  The mandates that insure we have safe and drinkable water?   

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.

Law Enforcement professionals are very much subject to injuries on the job.  Do we not deserve to be compensated when we are injured protecting the public?     

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.

No one is forced to join a union here in Illinois!  What some are forced to do is pay “their fair share“ for the benefits derived by those who have voluntarily joined a union.  A union member should not be forced to pay the expenses for someone who benefits from not paying!    

WHEREAS, Local empowerment zones will help attract jobs and make our community more attractive for businesses.

Is there any factual basis to this statement?  Everyone wants empowerment, however the statements listed above appear to diminish our power, not enhance it…

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.

Make no mistake!  This is a direct attack on your pension!  Many of our communities are underfunding pensions now, with state law oversight!  Imagine how much more you would be at risk with local control of the funds!  

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.

Major Reforms!  Look for these resolutions to pressure your state law makers into enacting devastating state wide laws that will diminish your rights to collectively bargain with your employer.