Sunday, March 15th, 2015
Line up starts at 11:00 am
Step off at 1:00 pm
Plainfield Central High School
24120 W. Fort Beggs Drive, Plainfield, IL 60544
Tags: Plainfield, Plainfield Township Democrats
Longtime Bolingbrook resident Bob Jaskiewicz plainly states that he does not expect to be able to affect much policy if he is elected to one of the Bolingbrook Village Board seats up for grabs in April.
But he says the current board votes in lock step with longtime Mayor Roger Claar and he wants to show that someone new can successfully become a Bolingbrook trustee.
Categories: Local Issues
As one of his first official acts, the new Republican governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner, issued an executive order this week that would weaken state unions by barring them from assessing fees on some of the workers they represent in collective bargaining. Worse, the damage from the order could reach far beyond Illinois.
At issue are so called “fair share” fees. In a unionized workplace, a union must extend collectively bargained pay raises and other benefits to nonmembers. The nonmembers — about 15 percent of unionized state employees in Illinois — do not have to pay union dues or contribute to the union’s political activities. Instead, under the law in Illinois and in many other states, they must pay the union a fair-share fee, which is less than full dues, to cover the cost of collective bargaining undertaken on their behalf.
Categories: State Issues, National Issues
Tags: Bruce Rauner
Saturday, February 28, 2015
9:00 am to 11:00 am
Rasmussen College - Romeoville/Joliet Campus
1400 W. Normantown Road, Romeoville, IL 60466
Tags: Romeoville, Bolingbrook, Woman's Issues
As Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner sets his sights on limiting the influence of unions in Illinois, he's pushing an idea he's dubbed "empowerment zones" — areas across the state where voters could decide if workers in their communities should be forced to join a union or pay associated dues.
It's a variation of what is more commonly called "right to work" — rules put in place at a statewide level to prevent unions from requiring workers who decline membership to pay related fees to cover the cost of collective bargaining they still benefit from. The concept, which generally applies to private-sector unions, has gained traction among conservative politicians across the nation as states try to spur economic growth following a brutal recession that saw businesses close and tax dollars dry up.
Categories: State Issues
Tags: Organized Labor, Bruce Rauner