• Senate approves bill to strip AFSCME memberships

    by  • January 4, 2013 • News

    After two attempts the Illinois Senate narrowly approved on Thursday legislation that would strip AFSCME membership from thousands of Illinois state employees.

    In a 31-20 margin, senators approved a bill that broadens the definition of “manager” of workers under the jurisdiction of the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, comptroller or treasurer.

    Though the measure was sponsored by senate president John Cullerton (D-Chicago) and house majority leader Barbara Flynn Currie, AFSCME Council 31’s chief reserved his fire for Governor Pat Quinn.

    AFSCME Executive Director Henry Bayer says the senate’s action is not only an insult to the thousands of workers who have had their union rights taken away, but also should be a reminder that Gov. Quinn and his allies in the legislature have no interest in helping Illinois workers maintain a middle-class way of life.

    Eighteen democrats and thirteen republicans voted “yes”; twelve democrats