Legislative Committee Adding Anti-Union Language to Legislative Agenda Thursday

Nick Provenzano

Nick Provenzano

You may remember the unhappiness of McHenry County Board members for being called out by Local 150 of the Interanation Union of Operating Engineers for allegedly violating the Open Meetings Act when Governor Bruce Rauner came to the Woodstock Opera House to promote his Turnaround Agenda.

The Board paid $25,000 to make the legal action go away.

Supposedly for legal bills, even though no time sheets were submitted.

Now Legislative Committee Chairman Nick Provenzano is asking that

“reforms to collective bargaining and union membership dues”

be added to the Board’s legislative agenda.

The meeting will be held on Friday, June 10th, at 8:15 AM at the Administrative Building.

The settlement the County Board approved required the following:

  1. payment of $25,000 to the union
  2. repeal of the Board resolution supporting Rauner’s platform
  3. agreeing not to subsequently approve a similar resolution


Legislative Committee Adding Anti-Union Language to Legislative Agenda Thursday — 23 Comments

  1. Quit collecting unions dues.

    Let the members write their own checks.

    Make this a part of every union contract.

  2. Thanks for reporting on this Cal.

    This type of union intimidation of our public boards (and the subsequent fleecing of the public) needs to be exposed.

  3. MCB, please freeze all building projects until RTW language is added to all projects and Local 150 returns the money they fleeced from the taxpayers.

    There are ramifications to biting the hand that feeds you.

  4. That is the way to play long ball!

    This local union is not sophisticated enough to understand the optics of what they did by stealing money at just this point in history but this move by the board means they understand how to capitalize.

    25k is nothing in comparison with how much we will save by freeing ourselves from the yoke of slavery unions help impose and enforce.

    Nicely played.

  5. Public Sector Unions are so obnoxious and flush with taxpayer dollars, you just know a new round of honest services fraud indictments, are right around the corner.

  6. Stop paying their union dues.

    Freeze them out of contracts with the county.

    They did not care that they were taking taxpayer $ to punish the board.

    The taxpayers should speak up. We don’t care if they ever work for the county again.

    If possible, hire non Union contractors.

  7. Note, Frank’s will be the unions best friend as chairman.

    Now is the time to freeze and end all construction contracts.

    No Randall road expansion, no bids on construction.

  8. We’ll see what the proposal is when more details are released.

    Each State can enact its own collective bargaining laws.

    Illinois collective bargaining laws are different than Federal collective bargaining laws.


    One striking example of the differences between Federal and State union labor laws follows.

    The Federal government prohibits unions from charging a fee to those whom opt out of joining the union.

    Mandatory fees to non union members as condition of employment is forced dues to labor union.

    The unions market the practice as fair share fees, since non union members typically receive some benefit from the negotiated collective bargaining agreement.

    Right to Work states prohibit unions from mandating such fees to employees whom opt out of the union.

    Non Right to Work state such as Illinois allow unions to mandate such fees, generally called agency fees, to employees whom opt out of the union.

    Private sector labor law (National Labor Relations Act) prohibits most private sector employers from mandating such agency fees to employees whom opt out of the union, unless there is a provision in the collective bargaining agreement allowing such fees.


    Many employees whose position is covered by a union don’t know their rights regarding union fees.

    Employees either have the right to pay reduced fees to the union, or to pay no fees to the union, depending on the employer.

    The National Right to Work foundation has summarized these rights and can be contacted with any questions.



    Unions have rights.

    Employees, taxpayers, and citizens also have rights.


    The Turnaround Agenda from the Rauner Administration also explains differences between state and Federal labor laws.


  9. Nice work. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out.

    Incidentally, the agreement says that the board will take no further action on the “tunraround resolution”.

    Seems like a simply “similar” resolution could be allowed.

  10. Tirio you should have kept that fruit basket you delivered to the Recorders office you are going to need it when you are standing in the unemployment line.

  11. Sorry, I meant joseywhales and was autocorrected.

    He thinks you are going to lose.

    He must be clueless

  12. Who is Lynn Gray?

    Never heard of her.

    Does she live in the county?

  13. Joe Tirio is an excellent choice for County Recorder.

    Check out his website. Iwonthiremywife.com .

    There you will see the level of research he has done and the plan he already has thought out to consolidate the County Clerk and County Recorder positions.

    His website name demonstrates his commitment to fight nepotism.

    Something needed throughout Illinois and our county.

    His commitment to reduce taxes by eliminating unnecessary position and headcount redundancy by focusing on the position he is seeking, is a bold statement that he will not just talk the talk, he will walk the walk by his own example.

    That is leadership at its finest.

    Check out his website.

    Check out the thoroughness of the research he has already done.

    Joe is not a politician.

    He is an accomplished businessman with the experience of business transformation, that he will bring to our county government.

    He is a citizen leader who is willing to bring his vast experience to bear on reducing our bloated taxes.

    He will lead by example.

    He is the best choice for Recorder.

  14. Daily Herald

    IMRF asks: Are Elk Grove Village officials eligible for pensions?

    August 15, 2016

    by Christopher Placek

    “The inquiry was prompted by a tip from the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150, a prominent labor group that’s been critical of the Elk Grove Village board’s support of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s turnaround agenda.”


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