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The Majority Report 06/29/18 - Senate Democrats react to SCOTUS ruling


Senate Democrats react to SCOTUS ruling

Senate Democrats react to SCOTUS rulingIn a decision that effectively alters the definition of the word “collective,” the U.S. Supreme Court opened the door for individual employees to no longer pay for the workplace benefits and protections unions collectively bargain on their behalf.

Senate Democrats expressed disappointment and frustration with the decision.

“The ability to collectively bargain provides economic power and protections that for decades strengthened working families across this country,” said Senate President John Cullerton. “I am disappointed that the U.S. Supreme Court sided with anti-union corporate interests who seek to redefine the very meaning of the word ‘collective’ for no reason other than to enrich their own bottom line at the expense of workers.”

Bruce Rauner filed suit over fair-share fees in 2015 shortly after becoming governor. The Supreme Court's ruling, which overturns a 1977 decision, has implications for collective bargaining units all over the country.

Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood) called it a substantial attack on organized labor, equality and fairness.

“Make no mistake, this is an example of just how much harm one greedy, ideological decision of activist judges can inflict on millions of Americans – especially hard-working people of color,” she said.

Read more reaction to the ruling from Illinois Senate Democrats


Bennett defends Champaign after knock

Sen. Scott BennettState Senator Scott Bennett is condemning Gov. Bruce Rauner’s baseless remarks against Champaign-Urbana.

During a radio interview in Chicago last Friday, Rauner criticized Champaign-Urbana’s workers and transportation systems.

“Champaign-Urbana is wonderful,” Rauner told WGN AM-720. “But it’s very hard to keep a company of more than six people there. There’s no convenient transportation, not much of a workforce, and it’s very hard.”

Bennett is surprised and disappointed in Governor Rauner’s claims against the workforce.

“I have personally been on a tour of the University of Illinois Research Park with Governor Rauner where we learned that the Research Park has 2,000 employees in high-tech fields and more than 100 companies in just one area of Champaign-Urbana. Then he talks about how ‘it’s hard to keep a company of more than six people there.’ That’s just outright dishonest, frankly. He knows what we have here.”

Listen to Rauner's remarks and read more of Bennett's reaction


Collins urges Rauner to sign K-2 ban

Sen. Jacqueline Y. CollinsState Senator Jacqueline Collins is urging the governor to sign her legislation adding synthetic cannabinoids to the Controlled Substances Act.

The Illinois Department of Public Health this week announced more cases of severe bleeding among individuals using synthetic cannabinoids. More than 160 people in Illinois have experienced similar symptoms, and four people have died.

“The use of synthetic cannabinoids is a legitimate public health concern,” Collins (D-Chicago) said. “Many young people are using them, and we are hearing reports that some strands contain dangerous ingredients like rat poison. We need to make all forms of this drug illegal so that law enforcement can begin to properly address this epidemic.”

Senate Bill 2341 bans the possession, manufacture and sale of synthetic cannabinoids. It passed both the House and the Senate without opposition and awaits the governor’s signature.


Illinois at 200

June 26, 1903

To mark the countdown to Illinois’ bicentennial on Dec. 3, all this year the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus has published daily tributes to the people, places and events that have helped forge the state’s rich history.

From inventors and entertainers to our communities and the Capitol, Illinois has a lot to celebrate.

This week’s bicentennial countdown featured the publication of Illinois' first newspaper in 1814 at Kaskaskia, the birth of Chicago blues legend Big Bill Broonzy in 1903, and the formation of the Union League of America in 1862 in Pekin.

To find all of our historical vignettes, visit I Like Illinois online, on Facebook and on Twitter. #IllinoisProud


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