Backpaynow, I think they’ll wait out the 20 days and let AFSCME file a petition for compliance which will then give them an additional 75 days to drag things out. The money for back pay under Quinn was appropriated but hasn’t been paid, so I don’t see why Rauner would be in any more of a hurry to pay this debt.
- lake county democrat - Thursday, Jul 12, 18 @ 10:37 am:
Labor Board question - I think he’ll stall as long as possible while the 7% interest keeps accruing. Some people I know think that he’ll grudgingly put everyone at the appropriate step now and the back pay will take years to get. But I’m not sure I agree.
There’s been a lot of punditry about why Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez was able to defeat establishment Dem Honcho Crowley in NY. Personally I think she had the right message for her district, a better connection to her constituency, and most importantly a direct, hard working community organizing based campaign that was able to communicate that message and build those connections.
All this to say, could something similar be replicated in Chicago, especially in regards to Madigan? I think every election is local and there are many differences between Madigan and Crowley, but then again I think many in NY saw the latter as equally untouchable as the former. Would love everyone’s insight.
Back in the ’70s, I went to Cairo to represent the Black United Front in some election litigation. One story that stuck with me was the town of (inaptly) named Future City, just north of Cairo. Back then, Cairo was (as Mother Jones describes) racially changing. Future City was, even then, entirely African American in population. Story was that plumbing ran north from Cairo to other towns past Future City, but Future City was purposely denied access to the water lines, so as to discourage African American population growth. My Cairo clients, many expatriates from Mississippi, maintained the racial animosity in that area was worse than “back home”.
===Backpaynow, I think they’ll wait out the 20 days and let AFSCME file a petition for compliance which will then give them an additional 75 days to drag things out. The money for back pay under Quinn was appropriated but hasn’t been paid, so I don’t see why Rauner would be in any more of a hurry to pay this debt.===
The Quinn back pay should be issued to state employees this summer. Restoring AFSCME members to their proper steps and making them whole regarding back pay — which the LRB this week ordered Rauner to do — is trickier because (unlike the Quinn back pay), money for that wasn’t appropriated. Probably it will require a supplemental appropriation from the GA, either in special session or in the veto session.
RNUG - That is a bummer to hear you are predicting that. Most the state employees I speak with seem to be under the impression that the steps will actually be happening this October/November. Was hoping Rich would post a story about this either of the past two days to ready your interuption of the ILRB minutes.
Better than the one from Russia, where he was hanging out in the whip store, checking out the young Cossack thugs?
–A group of about 10 Cossacks came up and began to heft the whips, whistling and cracking, and laughing. They seemed like they could handle themselves in a scrap but were decent fellows, young and rowdy and lean.–
To Actual Red’s point about Ocasio vs. Crowley, re: Madigan
That NY District was majority people of color. Don’t know the stats on Madigan’s, but I’d read it has a large Hispanic community. Millennials helped put Ocasio over the top. If Madigan’s district also has lots of millennials, then maybe he’s vulnerable in the same way.
It sounds like the step back pay is court ordered. I was told by a Council 31 rep a couple months back the back pay would be ordered by the court. If this is the case, the comptroller is authorized to pay without an appropriation. However I think the comptroller still needs vouchers from the agencies.
- Give Me A Break - Thursday, Jul 12, 18 @ 12:50 pm:
#5: That is a great read about Cairo and the reality of the current state of affairs and how the history of the area still impacts it today.
Thanks for sharing. I am desperately looking for an alternative to Rahm, and I think Rich was right to say Lightfoot is probably the one to watch. That said, I am worried she isn’t willing to be bold and present a clear policy alternative to Rahm. We’ll see.
Mike, thanks for the insight and thanks for working for justice for those who have been wronged. Im the mid-’90’s, I went to Anna, Il. and couldn’t believe what was spray painted on the sign. I hope Southern Illinois has changed since then.
Re: Lightfoot not progressive enough? Lol. From the article:
“In her interview with ThinkProgress, she criticized ICE but did not go so far as to call for its abolition.”
So anyone not calling for abolition of a major federal agency isn’t progressive enough to be Chicago’s mayor? She has the same position on health care as Obama, who also famously is not a progressive.
Ask a socialist which candidate is the most progressive choice vs. Rahm, then ask a normal Chicago voter which is the most progressive. Anybody trying to earn the endorsement of ThinkProgress isn’t going to be elected mayor of Chicago.
Hey Word, enjoy the Cubs little run while you can. Of course, that WS in ‘16 will likely be the only one they nab. Fortunately, Cleveland was missing their best hitter and their number 2 and 3 starters and still almost won the whole enchilada.
The only thing I like about St. Louis Cardinals fans is that I can wear my jorts and feel at home at Busch. It’s the second best road stadium to watch the Cubs, right after Miller. Both the beer and the sausage are vastly superior in Milwaukee. Lately the baseball has been too.
And while I can’t wear jorts in Milwaukee, I always feel a lot thinner in Wisconsin.
I can remember when the Cards were always loaded with fundamentally sound ballplayers who could run and field their positions, and their fans weren’t chronic whiners with an embarrassing sense of entitlement.
I guess it’s the difference between Whiteyball and LaRussa Juice (all kinds of juice).