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Democratic Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has stabbed organized labor in the back once again, this time, he's signed into law legislation to take collective bargaining rights away from 3,580 Illinois public-sector workers.

The new law would apply to Illinois public sector workers:

1. Have gained union representation on or after December 2, 2008
2. For whom a petition for union representation is currently pending before the labor board
3. Are not currently represented by a union or part of a pending petition

AFSCME Local 31 said in their press release that they have no basis to challenge the new law in court because it amends the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act. Additionally, Henry Bayer, the executive director of AFSCME Local 31, called the new law "a blatantly anti-worker piece of legislation."

This isn't the first time that Governor Quinn has betrayed organized labor, which helped run Quinn's ground game during his 2010 campaign for Governor of Illinois. Late last year, Quinn terminated the State of Illinois's contract with AFSCME, making him the first Illinois governor to terminate a union contract.

Also, as someone who has been an outspoken critic of Republican Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who is notorious for taking collective bargaining rights from that state's public-sector workers, I am absolutely disgusted that the governor of my home state is a supporter of union-busting measures, yet calls himself a Democrat. Democrats are supposed to stand up for workers' rights, not take them away!

Originally posted to Aaron Camp on DailyKos on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 04:29 PM PDT.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions, Land of Lincoln Kos, and Madison County, Illinois Kossacks.

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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

    Polls don't vote, statistics don't vote, history doesn't vote, yard signs don't vote...PEOPLE VOTE!!!

    by DownstateDemocrat on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 04:29:12 PM PDT

  •  When do the petitions (1+ / 0-)
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    For the recall get printed. Isn't that what comes next?

    •  Illinois allows only for a gubernatorial recall (3+ / 0-)
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      marina, VClib, Puddytat

      However, it's much more difficult to get a recall petition on the Governor of Illinois than it is on, for example, the Governor of Wisconsin, as a recall movement against Quinn would have to get at least 559,499 signatures (with at least 100 signatures in at least 25 of Illinois's 102 counties), additionally, at least 10 Democrats and 10 Republicans in the Illinois House and at least 5 Democrats and 5 Republicans in the Illinois Senate must also sign an affidavit associated with the recall petition.

      In effect, it would probably require another Rod Blagojevich-type situation for a gubernatorial recall election to take place.

      Polls don't vote, statistics don't vote, history doesn't vote, yard signs don't vote...PEOPLE VOTE!!!

      by DownstateDemocrat on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 05:42:39 PM PDT

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  •  Disgusting. (2+ / 0-)
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    Puddytat, allergywoman

    What is this, Indiana?

    •  We can hear you plain as day (2+ / 0-)
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      Puddytat, irate

      in Indiana. Watch it. We're the ones who turned away Richard Mourdock. Our Sen. Joe Donnelly has just come out for gay marriage and background checks.

      On the other side, Gov. Quinn is nothing like our egregious Gov. Mike Pence.

      You left out a lot of this story. The bill says that managers may not be union members, and that Democrats pushed in the Legislature. I don't know the rest of the story, and I would like to hear it from somebody on the ground.

      I have dealt with Pat Quinn's staff back when he was Lt. Gov. on issues of education that got dumped during the housing crash, and that we have not been able to get back to. I know how Illinois, or anywhere really, can improve education while saving money using free digital textbooks, aka Open Educational Resources, but you have to prime the pump to get it started.

      Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

      by Mokurai on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 09:29:49 PM PDT

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  •  Getting real sick of Democrats acting like (2+ / 0-)
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    DownstateDemocrat, Puddytat


    I live in Illinois.   I see what the Democrats accomplish here, and I have a very strong urge to say to hell with it and vote Green.   I nearly did last time.  

    The tent got so big it now stands for nothing.

    by Beelzebud on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 08:49:05 PM PDT

  •  Sorry about being late with this (2+ / 0-)
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    allergywoman, Hoghead99

    but I've been offline all day and I'm just now catching up with news and DK.

    Jesus H. Tapdancing Christ!  Doesn this mean Scott Walker is contatious???

    I feel for my union brothers and sisters in Illinois.  Pat Quinn is such a disappointment.  


    There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

    by Puddytat on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 10:36:34 PM PDT

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