An in depth look at how AFSCME gets its bargaining power.

Illinois state workers are the highest-paid state workers in the nation when adjusted for cost of living. AFSCME workers receive platinum-level health care at low cost, and most get free health insurance at retirement. And then there are AFSCME perks – such as lax disciplinary procedures (no repercussions when a worker has 10 unauthorized absences) and overtime pay starting at 37.5 hours – that are unlike anything offered in the private sector.

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4 years ago

The taxpayers are helpless as politicians negotiate on behalf of unions not taxpayers.
Major transparency and other reforms are needed.

4 years ago
Reply to  Mike

Union and labor friendly state legislation is a big source of Michael Madigan power. Although he does not directly negotiate union contracts, typically, union and labor friendly legislation makes it through the House Rules committee, and non union friendly legislation does not. Such legislation could be collective bargaining, Dept of Labor, Labor Relations Board, workers compensation, and a whole host of other legislation and the resulting laws impacting labor, much of which is noted in the Turnaround Agenda. Also, the previous comment was not directed at the current Governor Rauner but previous Governors and many local politicians (board members and… Read more »