Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn appeared on Fox Chicago this week and criticized Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s handling of the union crisis there, saying that the right to form unions is “America, that’s what it’s all about.”No wonder Quinn resorts to this kind of attack. He is owned--lock, stock, and barrel--by the unions. John at Marathon Pundit has recently written about how Quinn has received $5 million in campaign contributions from public-sector unions. It gets worse, as John also writes that almost 97 percent of Illinois workers could be represented by labor unions.
“In Wisconsin, the governor there wants to extinguish the right of everyday people to have a union, and to have collective bargaining,” Quinn said. “I don’t think that’s good. I don’t think that’s really the right way to go to solve problems and they’re not going to help their economy at all in Wisconsin with all this turmoil.”
AP discovered that nearly 10,000 Illinois state workers have joined unions in the past eight years, which quadruples the increase in the prior eight. Not coincidentally, disgraced former Governor Rod Blagojevich was sworn in eight Januarys ago. And if the pending requests to the Illinois Labor Relations Board are approved, almost 97 percent of all state workers--including many managers--will be represented by Big Labor. Of the 50,000 state workers, only 1,700 will be non-union.And what do you think that will mean for Illinois? Democrat politicians in the hip pockets of unions who will give them the campaign money and on-the-ground muscle to get into office and stay there.