In a recent editorial, Investor's Business Daily expressed their hope that Bruce Rauner will be Illinois' Scott Walker 2.0:
Rauner supports shifting public workers to 401(k)-type plans from traditional defined-benefit pensions that give retirees a payout based on years of service and final salary. Public-employee unions are "organized against the public good," Rauner said during a March 13 debate in Chicago. His animus toward unions is coupled with his support of charter schools that aren't burdened by them.
Since Walker pushed through collective-bargaining restrictions in 2011, membership in AFSCME in the state where the union was born has plunged 60%. Republican governors and state legislatures in Indiana and Michigan passed laws exempting non-union employees from paying dues.
"The folks in Illinois sort of feel like they're surrounded," said Robert Bruno, a professor of labor and employment relations at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Neighbors like Wisconsin (where the legislature just passed a tax-cut plan that Walker sought), Indiana and Michigan have either challenged the unions on pension reform or embraced right-to-work to encourage the economic growth to fund them. But Illinois remains in thrall to big labor, and unions there are petrified that Rauner could be the next Walker.
We hope so.
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