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  • Vote NO to Proposed Constitutional Amendment


    On November 6 a proposed Amendment to Article XIII of the Illinois Constitution will appear on the ballot. This Amendment would add a section to the Constitution requiring a three-fifth majority of the voting body to approve any pension or retirement benefit increase for public employees.

    The Amendment would adversely affect teachers, police officers, fire fighters, prison guards and anyone else employed by any branch of government in Illinois. It would require a super-majority to ever again increase pensions, compensated time off, other incentives and possibly salary for these workers. Workers who, for the most part, do not receive Social Security benefits.

    It is unfair for the General Assembly to further punish the hardworking state and municipal employees for the wrongdoings of elected officials. The General Assembly did not protect the monies these workers paid into the pension system from every single one of their paychecks never missing a payment.

    This Amendment will limit the collective bargaining power of employees, will cause increased litigation over what constitutes a benefit and will make it harder to attract the best people to work in government service.

  • Families v. Corporate Greed

    We stand with the families.

    The AFL-CIO reported the opinions of leading labor experts and their concerns about the implications of this strike, not just here in Joliet, Illinois, but throughout the country. To read more, click here.

    The New York Times also covered this story, here.

    Ridge & Associates is proud to support the 800 hard-working men and women of IAM Local Lodge 851 in their struggle against Caterpillar. When this strike started, we pledged to match donations, up to $10,000, to the IAM Local Lodge 851 Food Bank. If you would like to show your support, please make checks payable to IAM Local Lodge 851 Food Bank. Please send checks to: IAM Local Lodge 851, 13157 S. Thomas Dillon Drive, Suite B, Channahon, Illinois, 60410.

    A donation of any amount is greatly appreciated.

  • Fundraising Appeal to Defeat Gov. Scott Walker of WI

    You may be asking yourself, “Why should I care about a recall election in Wisconsin when I live in Illinois?”  The answer is clear – if Scott Walker remains the Governor of Wisconsin, his assault on collective bargaining and public employees will continue and travel south to Illinois. His actions have already inspired Illinois politicians to attack pensions and retiree health benefits.  We must stand in solidarity with the workers of Wisconsin and reject the growing movement against unionization and workers’ rights in this country.  This has become a national campaign about workers’ rights.

    On June 5th, there will be an election to recall Gov. Scott Walker.  Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is the candidate to support.  Recent polls show that Walker retains an edge over Barrett.  We must act now and help the working people of Wisconsin!

    Last summer, Walker’s anti-collective bargaining bill received overwhelming national opposition that ultimately led to a federal court striking down part of the law.  Walker’s strategy has been to “divide and conquer” Wisconsin workers.  This strategy will spread across the country if workers everywhere don’t come together again in opposition of Walker.

    A governor has only been recalled twice in U.S. history.  However, no recall election has ever had this much support.  Over 1 million signatures were collected in just three months to support Walker’s recall, but only funds can make this a reality.  To stand up with the people of Wisconsin in support of workers’ rights, please donate to the recall campaign by clicking here.

    Please forward to your family and friends who may be concerned about maintaining the rights of the middle class.

    To read more facts about why Scott Walker should be recalled, click here.

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