State workers in Illinois scheduled for raise while other workers get fired

Hey, it's Illinois where the entire governmental apparatus is designed to  form a more perfect political machine, establish special privileges, insure Democratic Party tranquility, provide for the indicted pols' defense, promote the insiders' welfare, and secure the blessings of government workers' unions.

Unbelievable, you say? Who would have the brass to do that while so many people are suffering from the coronavirus economic shutdown? And while an Illinois Democratic leader has petitioned for a $40 billion bailout from the feds?

The Illinois Policy Institute has the skinny:

ILLINOIS SCHEDULED TO GIVE $261M IN AUTOMATIC PAY RAISES TO STATE WORKERS:Pritzker should join other Democratic governors in postponing automatic pay raises, which would free up funds for needy Illinoisans and potentially preserve state worker jobs in the long run.

That, despite this bad news:

Nearly 1.5 million Illinoisans – 24% of the state’s workforce – are vulnerable to layoffs and reduced hours. Over half a million residents filed unemployment claims in the past four weeks.

The mounting economic crisis is certain to be accompanied by a steep drop in state tax revenues – a University of Illinois study estimated anywhere between $4.3 billion and $14.1 billion – and Illinois lawmakers and the governor will need to allocate funds to deal with the most urgent budget priorities.

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  • Your cut and paste from the right wing IPI portrays a pretty flimsy house of cards. The premise of the whole article is that Governor Pritzker has the legal power to suspend a pay raise contained in a negotiated labor contract. IPI acknowledges that under the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act, the governor has no power to rescind or suspend a lawful labor contract. They therefor try to argue that he has the power to do so in a declared emergency, since some governors in some other states have done so.

    Nevertheless, IPI is forced to acknowledge that Governor Pritzker does not have inherent powers, even in an emergency. Instead, he must get his authority to act from legislation passed by the General Assembly--the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act. So, where does the governor get his power under this act. According to IPI, from the following: “utilize all available resources of the State government as reasonably necessary to cope with the disaster and of each political subdivision of the State.” When did a labor contract become one of the "resources of the State"? IPI doesn't explain.

    The rest of the article is tacked over this flawed foundation.

  • In reply to jnorto:

    So, merrily you sail along, heading for the great falls of fiscal disaster without batting an eyelash. Your guiding light is "I'll get mine, and screw everyone else. I don't care." Very compassionate. And shame on the evil right-wing (a tautology in your book) for even bringing up the subject. They should just shut up, right?

  • In reply to Dennis Byrne:

    I'm sorry you find it necessary to project your bitterness. I was only pointing out that Governor Pritzker does not have the legal power to do what you and IPI are calling upon him to do. Liberal or conservative, I think we can all agree that our public officials and we as individuals should obey the law.

  • In reply to jnorto:

    Everyone in IL knows that Madigan and Cullerton have been writing the laws for the last 40 years for their benefit and the benefit of gov. workers and unions. And, the IL Supreme Court backs them up, no matter how egregious it looks. That is why most of us in IL laugh every time we see how the law benefits the powers that be. They’re Lucy and we’re Charlie Brown, getting the ball taken away at the last second.

  • The headline is “state workers in IL scheduled for a raise”. Whatever the technicalities of who can or can’t, the optics are terrible. Typical IL bureaucratic b.s. and people are tired and see through it. We all know IL elected officials take care of themselves and their gov. employees. Don’t hide behind the legal mumbo jumbo. This has been going on throughout Madigan’s tenure and is why IL is in the mess it’s in. IPI is only the canary in the coal mine.

  • Everyone in IL knows that Madigan and Cullerton have been writing the laws for the last 40 years for their benefit and the benefit of gov. workers and unions. And, the IL Supreme Court backs them up, no matter how egregious it looks. That is why most of us in IL laugh every time we see how the law benefits the powers that be. mcdvoice customer survey

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