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Rauner’s “turnaround” agenda – coming soon to a town near you

4/13/2015
Scroll down for a list of results in towns and counties throughout Illinois, as well as upcoming meetings where this "turnaround" agenda is slated for discussion.

Governor Rauner has been using strong-arm political tactics to push cities and villages across the state to support his illegal “employee empowerment zone” (aka “right to work”) proposal aimed at destroying unions. This proposal is illegal under the National Labor Relations Act, and study after study proves that “right to work” (RTW) erodes hard-fought collective bargaining rights and benefits, and reduces average middle-class incomes in order to boost corporate profits.

Not only would Rauner's RTW zones drive down compensation and your voice in the workplace, but these anti-worker policies could allow employers to decide what - if anything - is a mandatory subject of bargaining (including wages, benefits, and working conditions). Collective bargaining topics are defined by state law, but Governor Rauner is encouraging school districts and local governments to preempt it. This is what we saw happen in Wisconsin, where workers and middle class families suffered from cuts and increased class sizes. We can't allow that to happen in Illinois.
 
That’s why IFT members and leaders are joining other unionists and concerned community members at meetings around the state, where local boards are considering the Governor’s harmful proposals. Packed houses of citizens have made positive impacts in Woodstock, Mt. Zion, Pine Grove, and Oswego, proving that when we stand together, we win together.

But, “right to work” isn’t just a union issue – it would harm us all.
2013 study conducted by the University of Illinois and University of Michigan tells the whole story, and a new study backs it up.

If implemented in Illinois, RTW would:
  • Lower wages
  • Increase unemployment
  • Decrease union membership
  • Reduce worker benefits
  • Increase gender and racial inequality
  • Make workplaces less safe
  • Reduce state revenue

Since units of local government are required to post their meeting agendas only 48 hours before a public meeting, we typically have little advance notice when the Rauner “turnaround” agenda will be considered locally. We must be prepared to speak out.

Some things to know and share:

  • “When isolated and measured against other job creation variables, 'right to work' has no proven record of stimulating meaningful economic growth. By comparison, Illinois would reap far greater benefits by increasing its investment in education and skills-based training,” a recent study found.

  • Workers – union and non-union — in states with “right to work" make nearly $6,000 less per year (12.2%) than other states (Bureau of Labor Statistics). Poverty rates are significantly higher and families are less likely to have health insurance.

  • RTW is a profiteering corporate scheme that makes it easier to cut wages, lay off workers, and outsource jobs. It can allow corporations to dissolve pensions, slash health care, and force retirement without negotiation. If we don’t stop these attacks, the middle class will continue to shrink.

  • Several Republican Mayors in the south suburbs of Chicago are not adopting these resolutions. They recognize the Rauner agenda is a continued race to the bottom.

  • Even the Illinois Chamber of Commerce (a group that opposes a higher minimum wage) recognizes that the local economy would suffer under RTW. “Illinois doesn't need ‘right to work' to compete with our neighbors,” the Chamber said.

  • ‘We need politicians to focus more on what’s best for the middle class families that make our communities thrive, not corporate CEOs and their bottom line.’

Click here for more facts on RTW so you’ll be armed with the whole story when making your voice heard.

Click here to read the opinion from Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan explaining that Illinois law does not authorize or recognize “right-to-work" zones created by any unit of local government in Illinois.

Contact your local elected official today and let them know that “right to work” in any form is wrong.

Together, we will keep "right to work" out of Illinois!
  


On Monday, December 14, the Village of Lincolnshire is planning to vote on a local "right-to-work" ordinance that would affect private sector employees. Find out here how to show your solidarity to fellow workers in the area. 

Additional meetings to consider RTW may be scheduled, but we may be unaware due to the 48-hour notice requirement for public agendas. Please contact Angela McVey immediately about any additional public meetings where the Rauner proposal will be considered.


These areas have already considered the Rauner proposal, with the following outcomes (2013 population figure listed in parentheses):

  • Adams County - (67,130) - removed from agenda; the Board had previously tabled the proposal due to numerous late requests to speak from the standing-room-only crowd of union members.
  • Alexander County - (8,238) - defeated, passed pro-middle class resolution
  • Aurora Township (Kane) - (199,963) - defeated
  • Bluford - (688) - passed
  • Boone County - (54,167) - passed
  • Buffalo Grove - (41,496) - passed
  • Cambridge (Henry) - (2,131) - defeated, removed from agenda
  • Camp Point (Adams) - (1,126) - passed
  • Campton Hills (Cane) - (11,305) - tabled 
  • Charleston (Coles) - (21,961) - rescinded
  • Chicago - (2.6 million) - defeated, passed pro-labor resolution
  • Chicago Heights - (30,276) - defeated
  • Clinton (De Witt) - (7,150) - passed
  • Coal Valley - (3,743) - passed
  • Cook County - (5.241M) - defeated, passed pro-labor resolution
  • Crete (Will) - (8,230) - tabled, due to a 600+ union member presence
  • Dixon (Lee) - (15,333) - rejected, and passed this instead!
  • East Dundee (Kane) - (3,198) - passed 
  • Edwardsville (Madison) - (24,663) - defeated
  • Effingham County - (34,307) - passed
  • El Paso(2,810) - defeated - removed from agenda
  • Elk Grove Village (Cook) - (33,419) - passed a modified version despite a standing-room-only crowd protesting the resolution.
  • Evanston (Cook) - (75,570) - defeated
  • Fayette County - (22,140) - passed
  • Fayetteville - (366) - passed
  • Franklin County (39,202) - defeated, passed pro-labor resolution
  • Freeport (Stephenson) - (25,035) - passed
  • Girard (Macoupin) - (2,059) - defeated
  • Grundy County - (50,228) - defeated
  • Henry County - (50,486) - defeated, not called
  • Heyworth (McLean) - (2,915) - passed
  • Iroquois County (29,982) - passed
  • Jackson County - (60,218) - defeated, passed pro-middle class resolution
  • Jefferson County - (38,827) - defeated, no vote
  • Kane County - (523,643) - passed a revised agenda with no anti-labor resolution
  • Kendall County - (114,736) - defeated, removed from agenda
  • Kewanee - (12,916) - defeated, pro-labor resolution tabled
  • LaSalle County - (113,924) - defeated, passed pro-labor resolution
  • Lexington (McLean) - (2,080) - tabled, after the meeting was moved to a larger venue to accommodate more than 130 union members who attended in opposition.
  • Libertyville (Lake) - (20,431) - defeated decisively: Gov. Bruce Rauner's "Turnaround Illinois Agenda" died on the floor without a single Libertyville trustee willing to recommend approval.
  • Lincolnshire - (7,275) - passed; separate RTW vote happening on December 14
  • Lindenhust (Lake) - (14,462) - tabled
  • Litchfield (Montgomery) - (6,816) - rescinded
  • Livingston County - (38,186) - defeated; removed from agenda after a huge turnout of 350-500 union brothers and sisters causes postponement of board meeting in Livingston County.
  • Logan County - (30,305) - passed
  • Mahomet (Champaign) - (7,730) - tabled
  • Makanda (Jackson) - (552) - passed, though possibly in error.
  • Martinsville (Clark) - (1,155) - passed
  • McHenry County - (307,409) - passed and later rescinded
  • Middletown - (324) - defeated, passed pro-labor resolution
  • Milledgeville (Carroll) - (997) - passed
  • Morton Grove - (23,270) - passed with revisions
  • Moultrie County (14,876) - passed
  • Mt. Zion (Macon) - (5,914) - defeated: removed from agenda and will not be discussed.
  • Mundelein (Lake)- (31,395) - defeated, removed from agenda.
  • Naperville (Will/DuPage) - (144,864) - tabled indefinitely
  • Newton (Jasper) - (2,815) - passed
  • Noble - (677) - passed
  • Oswego (Kendall) - (32,174) - tabled
  • Ottawa (LaSalle) - (18,562) - defeated, passed pro-labor resolution
  • Pecatonica - (2,195) - defeated
  • Piatt County - (16,729) - passed
  • Pingree Grove (Kane) - (4,532) - unanimously defeated
  • Pontoon Beach - (5,836) - defeated, passed pro-middle class resolution
  • Port Barrington (Lake & McHenry) - (1,509) - defeated 6-1
  • Rock Island County (147.258) - defeated, passed pro-worker resolution
  • Rockford (Winnebago) - (150,251) - passed
  • Rockton (Winnebago) - (7,613) - defeated, removed from the agenda
  • Round Lake Beach (Lake) - (28,093) - passed
  • Sangamon County - (199,145) - no discussion or vote due to lack of support.
  • Shannon (Carroll) -  (731) - passed
  • Shelby County (22,119) - not called
  • St. Clair - (270,056) - pro-labor resolution tabled, new date TBA
  • Stephenson County - (47,711) - defeated
  • Taylorville - (11,246) - passed
  • Third Lake (Lake) - (1,193) - passed
  • Union County - (17,808) - defeated, passed pro-middle class resolution
  • Vandalia (Fayette) - (7,043) - tabled
  • Vernon Hills (Lake) - (25,613) - no vote
  • Wauconda (Lake) - (13,823) - defeated, no vote
    Union members, community members and the village board all criticized the Governor’s plan — due to the unanimous opposition, the resolution was not brought up for a formal vote.
  • Wayne (DuPage/Kane) - (2,449) - passed
  • Westmont (Dupage) - (24,974) - passed
  • Westville (Vermilion) - (3,158) - defeated
  • Winnebago County (290,666) - passed
  • Winthrop Harbor (Lake) - (6,733) - passed
  • Woodstock (McHenry) - (25,146) - tabled after public comment lasted more than three hours due to the 50+ people voicing their opposition to this attack on middle-class families.

Resources in the fight against “right to work”
  • IL AFL-CIO fact sheet - "Rauner: War on the Middle Class"
  • AFL-CIO facts on RTW
  • Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's opinion that state law does not authorize or recognize local “right-to-work” zones
  • U of I study on RTW implications in Illinois (2013)
  • Illinois Economic Policy Institute/U of I study on the harmful impact of local RTW zones (2015)
  • IFT web post – “Strike two! AG shoots down another Rauner scheme
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