Published in the Decatur Herald & Review on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015:
State workers and the governor have been entangled in a contract negotiation stalemate for months. So far, the two sides have agreed only to push back their deadline from the end of June to the end of August. And as the stalemate festers, away from the bargaining table, the governor’s public words result in a deeper divide between his administration and the employees whose daily work makes the government function—the same government that Governor Rauner was elected to lead.
Last week, I voted on a plan that would stabilize these negotiations and bring Governor Rauner and public service unions together for a compromise.
The Herald & Review published an editorial attacking that plan, and among other things stated: “State workers deserve a fair contract. But fair means it is balanced between the needs of state union workers and the taxpayers.”
That is exactly what the legislation they criticize does.