Noted fantasist responds to Pritzker
Friday, Feb 21, 2020
* From the governor’s budget address…
* David Greising with the BGA responds…
Um, David, first you’ll have to find 71 votes in the House and 36 in the Senate to get it on the ballot. Both of those chambers have pro-union Democratic super-majorities. Face it, man, you’re living in a fantasy world. And it’s not even guaranteed to pass at the ballot box even if it somehow makes it that far. The unions would spend every dime they have and then some and deploy tens of thousands of precinct workers to oppose it. You can’t just snap your fingers and make this all happen.
* More Greising…
Um, public pension benefits cannot be gained or lost as part of the collective bargaining process, David. They must be passed by the Illinois General Assembly and signed into law by a governor. And the Illinois Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that public pension benefits are an individual right, not a collective right. Unions cannot legally negotiate away their members’ pension benefits in this state.
Sheesh. This is just basic 101 stuff, dude.
And how much of a fantasist do you have to be to conjure some alternate version of Illinois where AFSCME Council 31, the IFT, the CTU, the IEA, AFFI, the FOP and SEIU all agree to put a constitutional amendment like this on the ballot and pledge not to sue if it passes? I mean, have you ever met Roberta Lynch or Jesse Sharkey? They ain’t no Arizona-style union leaders. And, in any case, it only takes one person to sue.
This is all a complete, utter fantasy unless the citizenry drastically changes the membership of the General Assembly and elects a governor willing to take up the cause and public union members elect completely different leaders. Or perhaps if a global financial meltdown of a magnitude far greater than 2008-09 (which Illinois survived) totally - and I do mean totally - tanks the budget.