* Senate President John Cullerton visited the Tribune editorial board yesterday…
Rauner wants to give local governments more flexibility on what matters are subject to collective bargaining — Cullerton suggested that’s a non-starter. Rauner wants to curb venue shopping for friendly courts in the civil justice system — no dice with Cullerton.
If there’s room to deal, he suggested, it might come in modest changes to the workers’ compensation system and prevailing wage laws.
The changes Rauner seeks — we’d argue they’re business-friendly, taxpayer-friendly, citizen-friendly — are geared toward shaking a moribund status quo here that has consigned Illinois to be an economic also-ran. […]
[Cullerton] does seem to want to create some distance, at least in style, between himself and Madigan, who is locked in a glare-off with the governor. Madigan’s chief contribution to all this has been his weekly clenched-fist news conference. (Home of the famous quote: “I’m not going to spend a lot of time on that question.”)
* Wow. “More flexibility” on collective bargaining. From the governor’s actual bill…
Prohibited subjects of bargaining.
(a) A public employer and a labor organization may not bargain over, and no collective bargaining agreement entered into, renewed, or extended on or after the effective date of
this amendatory Act of the 99th General Assembly may include,
provisions related to the following prohibited subjects of collective bargaining:
(1) Employee pensions, including the impact or
implementation of changes to employee pensions, including
the Employee Consideration Pension Transition Program as
set forth in Section 30 of the Personnel Code.
(2) Wages, including any form of compensation including salaries, overtime compensation, vacations,
holidays, and any fringe benefits, including the impact or
implementation of changes to the same; except nothing in
this Section 7.6 will prohibit the employer from electing
to bargain collectively over employer-provided health insurance.
(3) Hours of work, including work schedules, shift
schedules, overtime hours, compensatory time, and lunch periods, including the impact or implementation of changes
to the same.
(4) Matters of employee tenure, including the impact of
employee tenure or time in service on the employer’s
exercise of authority including, but not limited to, any
consideration the employer must give to the tenure of
employees adversely affected by the employer’s exercise of management’s right to conduct a layoff.
Also, no mention at all of getting rid of the prevailing wage. No substance about any of the governor’s proposals or why Madigan is opposing them. Just happy talk about the hero and bashing of the villain.
Why are the governor’s supporters so darned reluctant to defend their guy’s anti-union proposals in the mass media?