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  • LABOR & POLITICS

    The result of the November election for Governor could forever silence the voices of working men and women in Illinois, ending their ability to negotiate wages, benefits and other work-related issues. Bruce Rauner’s campaign website promises that he will “Create Right-to-Work zones and allow local communities to decide whether workers must join a union in order to get a job.” He further threatens the futures of all public-sector employees when he states he would “Allow state workers to choose whether they want to join a government employees union, instead of being forced to do so.” He very explicitly says he wants to end the rights of all workers, but most specifically, police officers, fire fighters, corrections officers, teachers and other public sector workers, to collectively bargain. 

    Even though Governor Quinn and the public employee unions differed on pension issues, the two public employee’s unions that represent teachers (IFT & IEA) have endorsed Governor Quinn. The service employee’s union (SEIU) has also endorsed the Governor for re-election.




  • Be Careful Who You Vote For

     

    The 2014 Primary elections are fast approaching and it is important to pay attention to the candidates’ rhetoric regarding their views about what should happen to the working people of Illinois if they are injured at work. Injured workers are now feeling the effects of the 2011 Amendment to the Workers’ Compensation Act.

    It is more difficult to receive prescribed medical treatment, permanent partial disability settlements and awards are significantly lower than they were before the Amendment.  Yet candidate after candidate spend their time campaigning, promising to take more away from people who are injured. 

    That person who is injured and needs to receive medical care to return back to gainful employment and benefits to pay the mortgage and feed their children could easily be you. If Illinois is run “like a business” the concerns of the working people will be low in the priority of lawmakers.

    The Department of Insurance reports overall savings have reached $315 million since 2011 and with the NCCI’s recommended reduction of 4.5% in premiums for 2014 the advisory level rate for workers’ compensation premiums will have dropped 13.3% below the advisory rate prior to the Amendment.

    This is a substantial savings for Illinois’ business.  It is not the time for the candidates for Governor to run on a platform of again reducing injured workers’ rights.




  • Princeton, the guide dog

    Ridge & Downes is proud to sponsor a Guide Dog on behalf of District 8 of the IAMAW. Please visit Princeton’s web site and watch him grow from a puppy to a fully trained Guide Dog. Click here to read about Princeton.






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