By: Diane Benjamin
Who runs this state? It isn’t the people paying the bills!
This link shows how much government if FORCED to pay in McLean County for labor: https://www.illinois.gov/idol/Laws-Rules/CONMED/rates/2015/january/MCLEAN99.htm
It is the law in Illinois that any project funded by taxpayers has to pay the prevailing wage rate. Try that at your job! Free market competition doesn’t exist. Somebody willing to complete a job for less is cut out of the process.
I can see blood shooting out of people’s eye already: Union labor is better! Really? Explain the 7-year-old parking deck in Bloomington that required almost $1,000,000 in repairs? How many roads are resurfaced over and over because they fall apart way too fast? Maybe government tells the contractor what surface they want, maybe government goes cheap because the labor costs make good surfaces impossible to afford. How many roads did the $10,000,000 Bloomington borrowed last year fix? How many still need work? How many YEARS will it take?
Look again at the State website. Taxpayers are forced to pay bureaucrats at the Department of Labor to update all the rates for every Illinois county every month. Complaints about wages paid must also be handled.
Gov Rauner is trying to get cities to pass Right To Work for themselves. If Right to Work is on the agenda union members descend in mass to intimidate elected officials. Lexington was a victim last week, Pontiac this week. Whenever any legislation is considered in Springfield to help put taxpayers back in charge of the state, SEIU buses people to Springfield to throw a fit. Legislators and Council members are spineless against mass demonstrations.
Yesterday’s post: https://blnnews.com/2015/04/21/what-do-the-unions-want/
Figured out what the unions want?
-No Right to Work Zones
-Government building programs so they have jobs. (at your expense)
-Union dues to buy off politicians
Citizens are just as intimidated by angry union members as the politicians. When Rauner campaigned here a small group of union members protested inside the room. They had no problem interrupting Rauner and creating a nuisance. Their right to disrupt the room took precedence over the rest of the rooms right to hear.
Unions have more control of City Councils and Springfield than the citizens. Nothing will change unless the politicians are changed. Bloomington allowed unions to elect their City Council a few weeks ago, Right to Work will not be an issue here.
Have you reserved your U-Haul yet?