* From one of the best-written Tribune stories I’ve read in a while…
And so the Springfield stalemate continues. Rauner is using the budget to gain leverage for his pro-business, union-weakening “turnaround agenda,” but Madigan has refused to engage the governor’s push for what the speaker has called “nonbudget” items. […]
Rauner wants to amend state law to remove wages and hours as issues that can be bargained and explicitly prohibit bargaining on pensions, salaries, overtime compensation and several other items.
Unions were not amused.
The Republican governor’s legislation also would require Chicago Public Schools to stop paying most of teachers’ required contribution to the pension fund — an idea the Chicago Teachers Union already has rejected — and only provide Emanuel with the pension relief he wants for the next two years.
“It’s a repackaging of lots of blatantly unconstitutional ideas, all of which are cuts,” CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey said. “Really, he’s saying ‘I’ll either hit you with a rock, or I’ll hit you with a stick.’”
Go read the whole thing. Lots of harsh, snarky quotes and crisp writing.