Two More Unions Give to Bartman

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Reported today is another contribution from a labor union for John Bartman.

It’s from the “IBEW Illinois PAC.”

It’s based in Washington, D.C.

The contribution was $1,500.

A second contribution of $1,000 came from SUAAction out of Springfield.

That’s the way the State Universities Annuitants Association, the union of state university professor types, identify their Political Action Committee.


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Two More Unions Give to Bartman — 1 Comment

  1. As a prevailing wage monitor for IIIFFC (Illinois Indiana Iowa Foundation for Fair Contracting) John Bartman checks to be sure that state mandated prevailing wage is being paid on state funded construction projects.

    IIIFFC is an IUOE Local 150 union affiliated prevailing wage monitoring organization.

    Just recently, IIIFFC changed the title of prevailing wage monitors, from Compliance Monitors, to Construction Analysts.

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    IBEW = Illinois Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, a labor union of electrical workers.

    IBEW is present on any state funded construction projects that involve electricity.

    The Illinois State Board of Elections Committee ID for IBEW Illinois PAC is 31771.

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    SUAA is a voluntary organization open to anyone that stands to benefit from a State University Retirement System (SURS) pension.

    It’s open to retirees and active employees.

    SURS contributors include many state university and community college employees, not just state university professors.

    SURS is one of the five state pension funds, along with TRS (pre-school thru 12th grade teachers and administrators in the public schools), SERS (State Employees Retirement System), JRS (Judges Retirement System), and GARS (General Assembly Retirement System).

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    The “State Universities Annuitants Assn Action Committee or SUAACTION” PAC is Illinois State Board of Elections committee ID 20563.

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    State universities in Illinois are heavily unionized.

    University Name – Number of bargaining units (union locals with a collective bargaining agreement)

    Chicago State University – 10

    Eastern Illinois University – 11

    Governors State University – 6

    Illinois State University – 16

    Northeastern Illinois University – 5

    Northern Illinois University – 11

    Southern Illinois University – 13

    Southern Illinois University Edwardsville – 4

    University of Illinois – 7

    University of Illinois Chicago – 9

    Western Illinois University – 5

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    Both John Bartman, Democrat candidate for 63rd State Representative District v Republican Steve Reick; and Jack Franks, incumbent Democrat 63rd State Representative and candidate for McHenry County Board Chair v Republican Mike Walkup, have heavy ties to organized labor.

    Unions increase cost of government in Illinois.

    Illinois laws, policies, and actions heavily favor labor unions.

    Mr. Franks and Mr. Bartman are attempting to divert and diffuse attention to the high costs of organized labor, with the Cut 10 campaign to cut property taxes 10% in all property taxing districts in McHenry County, an impossible task on any sustainable basis given the underfunded pensions, underfunded retiree healthcare, bond debt, collective bargaining agreements, and other issues.

    The candidates refuse to release their plan to cut property taxes until after the election.

    The plan will have strings attached beyond their control.

    This or that must happen, such as a constitutional amendment to allow a progressive income tax, which progressive groups have claimed would be a tax cut for 99% of those in Illinois.

    Given the history of Illinois, a progressive tax would start at 99%, then move to 95%, then to 90%, 80%, 70%, etc.

    The unsustainable legislative benefit hikes to pensions and retiree healthcare, coupled with diverting pension funding to salary hikes, all sorts of hikes to collective bargaining agreements and administrator contracts, have created a fiscally unsustainable situation at current tax and service levels.

    Taxes must be hiked more, services cut further, benefits cut, etc.

    Major reform is still needed in Illinois.

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