We haven’t heard anything because Bruce is a stand-up guy and being modest. He doesn’t want to brag about how he masterfully got AFSCME to back down from striking tomorrow. He has more important work to do that doesn’t include campaigning. Heavy /s.
I bought 25 cans of Beef Stew, 20 bags of beef jerky (BBQ Flavor), 5 cases of water, two boxes of MREs, 624 batteries of all makes, 3 flashlights, a transistor radio, 2 morse code books, and I rounded up the Harry Potter book series in preparation for tomorrow.
Oh, it’s coming. It’s coming.
- Anotherretiree - Wednesday, Aug 31, 16 @ 10:18 am:
Have heard all depends on the Labor relations board. If they side with the Barron, then he’ll implement contract changes. HealthCare changes are ready to go with just a couple days notice to choose. That prevents a judge from stopping them. After that, the ball is in AFSCME’s court.
The burn barrels, port a potty’s, tents and big inflatable rats have all been delivered and set up outside of every state office right now! Go look. s/
This has been nothing but another scare tactic, lie sent out by this administration. Grass bowl JT from CMS will probably send out another video tomorrow to all state employees stating he saved the day.
I still quite cynically expect that the Governor will lock out AFSCME employees tomorrow and call it a strike.
It’s the only reason I can come up with for generating a fake strike date — and it fits well with in the time frame for the November elections.
It’s not something I’d do. It’s not something I think a reasonable administration would do, but we’ve reached the point where I don’t think I can count on the Rauner administration to have a reasonable approach to governing.
They can’t even introduce a balanced budget like they’re constitutionally bound to.
- Dread Pirate Roberts - Wednesday, Aug 31, 16 @ 10:32 am:
“No but I have hear a rumor that our health insurance rates are going to go up retro actively back to July…..starting tomorrow.”
Which is super annoying considering I’m being billed $2,500 for dental work that the state’s insurance will not pay, since no insurance claims are currently being paid. I love paying for insurance that doesn’t pay out on claims and I *really* love paying higher rates for the privilege.
@ Dread…. you have to love that platinum plus insurance state employees have…(heavy snark).
I have heard the rumor of backdating the premium changes for the insurance, but I really can’t see how that would survive the legal challenge that would shortly follow any such policy being attempted. That being said, I’m sure someone like RNUG will be able to give a better explanation.
Nick Name- the MRE’s these days are actually not that bad. In 2000 I did my Marine Corp Expeditionary training for 2 weeks in Navy Chaplain School. My favorite was the Thai Chicken. Squeeze in the tube of peanut butter and add the Tobbasco and you’ve got a passable Thai dish. The best MRE’s are also the vegetarian and Kosher ones. Better ingredients. Rabbi Kaprow taught me that one. Problem with MRE’s is they are one hell of a lot of calories. You will gain weight out in the field. And they tend to stop you up. But the taste has gotten a lot better.
Dread and ABC123, I get it. I just got a collection call from the Orthodontist on Monday. As to the insurance, Rauner has been making very sneaky moves behind the scenes with the Police union trying to get Health insurance detached from collective bargaining. He’s playing FOP and AFSCME both to achieve this move. It’s my belief that we will see this played out tomorrow. Basically like a kid killing both parents and then asking the court for leniency because he’s an orphan. It’s rather complicated but we’ll know more tomorrow obviously.
Rich must be partnering with Bruce, helping disseminate AFSCME’s secret plans for a strike tomorrow. I suspect merely informing the public has already foiled AFSCME’s plans, and will force them to choose a different date. Score one for the man in Carhartt, preventing a strike before it even happened, that’s a remarkable success. Now, JT will have more time to reeducate the misinformed union members who still haven’t come to understand how evil the union is, and how much Bruce cares for the workin’ people. /s
@BBG… What form in particular? Employees who made no changes to their coverage (changed plans added dependents etc.) completed no paperwork. The email employees received simply stated to do nothing if no changes were required. Perhaps a sneaky way to have the ability to make the changes retroactive to July?
Chicago Teachers will strike long before AFSCME workers … even before Rauner could lawfully lock AFSCME out.
- Century Club - Wednesday, Aug 31, 16 @ 11:02 am:
Like the leader of a Doomsday cult, Rauner will receive a dream tonight that the Great Strike will happen soon, just not tomorrow. Stick with your leader! When the Great Strike comes, he will lead you to the promised land.
According to Rauner, Madigan runs everything. A strike only requires a phone call, not a vote of the membership. If there’s no strike tomorrow, we can thank the Speaker. The governor is powerless and not responsible for anything
Mason born—Chaplains…we were taught just enough to keep us out of the way. Our biggest exercise besides the 10mile hump in (which you could probably hear 42 chaplains moaning 100 miles away) was learning to hide while our RP’s (Religious Program specialists) defended us. Land navigation was fun but it took Staff Sergeant Sears 6 hrs to find us all since the vast majority of us got lost. So yeah, admittedly chaplains are stress eaters and did put on weight.
Seriously, re the health insurance, that’s going to be one of those “it depends” answers.
Probably can’t legally do it to the retirees who are too young for Medicare Advantage. The good news, of a sort, for retirees is that any lawsuit could just cite the Kanerva ruling and the court’s speculation about raising fees and co-pays and probably win, at minimum, a stay on charging retirees. The bad news is there probably aren’t enough of those early retirees to fund a lawsuit that will go all the way.
Employees are a different story. If the most recent AFSCME contract is still being honored (as is the case today), then it wouldn’t be legal. If the Labor Board declares an impasse exists, then the past contract has no bearing and Rauner can do pretty much whatever he wants to within some limits. I don’t think he can legally eliminate health insurance as a benefit since it was part of your benefit package at hiring, but he can sure reduce / slice / dice it.
Anyway, that’s my take on it at the moment …
- He Makes Ryan Look Like a Saint - Wednesday, Aug 31, 16 @ 11:32 am:
None of my staff has said anything so No it does not start tomorrow.
If tomorrow is the big day, look for the flashlight morse code with directions to the bunker. You could be in charge of Communications…
- blue dog dem - Wednesday, Aug 31, 16 @ 11:41 am:
Do you guys/gals need any of my extra AK47’s for self defense purposes?
- Pot calling kettle - Wednesday, Aug 31, 16 @ 11:41 am:
AFSCME is so crafty that they will be on a stealth strike beginning tomorrow. It will appear that they are at work and doing their jobs, but they will actually be out walking picket lines and creating havoc. Only those in the know will be able to see what is really going on.
===Employees are a different story. If the most recent AFSCME contract is still being honored (as is the case today), then it wouldn’t be legal. If the Labor Board declares an impasse exists, then the past contract has no bearing and Rauner can do pretty much whatever he wants to within some limits. I don’t think he can legally eliminate health insurance as a benefit since it was part of your benefit package at hiring, but he can sure reduce / slice / dice it.===
Thank you RNUG. As always, you’re expertise is appreciated. A couple of follow-up questions: Would it also be illegal for the state to make ins. changes retroactive to July 1st? Would changes only be allowable effective on the date the ILRB declares an impasse or would it be the date Rauner declared an impasse? (assuming the ILRB rules in his favor)
== Would it also be illegal for the state to make ins. changes retroactive to July 1st? ==
Not sure. On the one hand, the previous contract should apply. But the retroactive warning was given and, either implicitly or explicitly (if you made a change) agreed to. On the employees’ side of things is the State’s past practice; always before a benefit choice period was offered when things changed. The question that a court would have to settle is where or not that agreement was “coerced”.
OW- it makes me feel like an Ensign trying to get leave. I thought I saw you with the Strawberries. I guess we’ll find out tomorrow whether someone went to “Bull” or not. You think Queeg will find the key?
I heard the entire gubners office is going on strike tomortow because the state has not been paying the gubners salary. You can sure as heck they arent paying his medical bills either, why just a few months ago Springfield Clinic said the state owes them like $40 million dollars. And you can bet as soon as gubner goes his strike adventure i’m giv giving his job to somebody else.
The governor has repeatedly been allowed to make wild, unsubstantiated claims without any consequences. And when nothing happens tomorrow, and when the press doesn’t hold him to account for his disinformation, he will be free to move on to the next dishonest, disorientation tactic.
And Illinois will continue to suffer the consequences.
Someone mentioned the mess that is the bonus program. Ask a teamster or someone who works for a department that uses teamsters (for example IDOT) about the bonuses that were just awarded. The program is a mess for sure. Tons of grievances filed and some interesting allegations about how the program works and who actually decides the bonuses. I am sure the information will makes its way to the public soon enough.
- State Worker THX 1138 - Wednesday, Aug 31, 16 @ 1:11 pm:
The strike is happening tomorrow in a parallel universe. Rauner has the only key to the portal to this parallel universe and is the only one able to travel there. So yes, in his mind there will be strike tomorrow (like so many other things in his mind).
===The bonus program is an absolute disaster. Afscme should say no to this.===
This concept is out of the corporate playbook. Companies like Walgreens uses these types of programs to reward over-performing employees. And it actually works pretty well when job performance is easily quantifiable. But it would not work for many public sector jobs because the work isn’t always quantifiable. And it’s difficult to compare employees in the same job title because of variables. Plus, you have the politics involved that have been mentioned in previous posts.
Tomorrow, after AFSCME strikes, Governor Rauner will implement ‘Operation Phony Baloney’ will commence with the Illinois National Guard taking over operations and occupational control of state agencies at 07:00 hours.
Civilian leadership will cede all Press Operations to the ILNG Information Officers.
New credentials during the occupation will be issued on Friday.
I agree with previous posts. The bonus system for Teamsters is a disaster. As predicted. Supervisors and their friends are benefitting. Scores have been manipulated and some employees have been eliminated altogether due to the subjective nature of the bonus system criteria.