Bills Introduced to Create Government Transformation Commission

Bills Introduced to Create Government Transformation Commission

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A bipartisan commission long sought by good-government groups to break congressional stalemates to eliminate wasteful programs is now in the form of legislation in both the House and Senate.

On July 11, Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., and 11 co-sponsors of both parties introduced the Government Transformation Act (H.R. 2675) to empanel a commission of seven non-federal employees to hold hearings, coordinate with agencies, issue regular reports to Congress and propose management reforms that would be translated into legislative language and given up-or-down votes in Congress. Continue reading “Bills Introduced to Create Government Transformation Commission”

Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital; issues of retaliation and harassment occurring at the facility.

Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital; issues of retaliation and harassment occurring at the facility.

By Germaine Clarno (Contact)

To be delivered to: Jeffrey Murawsky, VISN 12 Network Director, The Illinois State House, The Illinois State Senate, Governor Pat Quinn, The United States House of Representatives and 2 other targets (click here to see more)

Petition Statement

Help stop the widespread employee harassment, retaliation, and intimidation at Edward Hines Jr. VA Medical Center!

Petition Background

To truly honor our veterans, we must ensure the people who care for them are respected and feel safe in their workplace. This is often not the case at Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital in Illinois, where dedicated employees have frequently been victimized by widespread harassment, retaliatory actions against those reporting abuses, bullying, and other forms of intimidation.

Upper management at Hines has not been responsive in investigating these offenses, which violate Veterans Administration policies, contractual agreements, and the constitutional rights of those victimized. In many instances, members of management have themselves been guilty of these abuses. In other instances they have ignored complaints, dismissed them outright, and used pressure and threats against some employees making these complaints.

Instances of bullying and harassment have increased exponentially, with 650 complaints in the past year as verified by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission office records. Hines management has refused to accept accountability or even conduct an open discussion on these issues, despite detailed complaints brought to their attention by employees and representatives of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 781. Members of the National Nurses Union and the Service Employees International Union have also reported similar instances of harassment. Continue reading “Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital; issues of retaliation and harassment occurring at the facility.”

Why Sequestration Is Wrong

 Feb 26, 2013
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By Congresswoman Cheri Bustos
In just a matter of days, deep across-the-board budget cuts that were designed to be so painful that they would never see the light of day are set to kick-in.  These cuts, also known as sequestration, could deal a big blow to the economy of our region and lead to job losses.
That is why I have been opposed to sequestration from the very beginning.
Yet here we are, less than a week away from feeling the impact of these indiscriminate cuts to every federal government program.  From cutting programs like Head Start that equip our children with the tools to learn, to programs that make sure the communities we live in are safe, to programs that protect our country from threats abroad, these cuts will impact us all and could wreak havoc on our region’s economy.

Durbin: ‘We’re Buying What We Can Get’ With Debt Ceiling Extension


Durbin: ‘We’re Buying What We Can Get’ With Debt Ceiling Extension

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Joining us now is the Senate Majority Whip, the number two Democrat in the leadership, Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois. Welcome to the program once again.

SENATOR DICK DURBIN: Good to be with you.

SIEGEL: You and other Senate Democratic leaders seem to regard the House deferring action on the debt ceiling as an olive branch. Meanwhile, House Democrats like George Miller say they’re tied to a three-month leash. What’s the good part of this deal that House Democrats don’t get? Continue reading “Durbin: ‘We’re Buying What We Can Get’ With Debt Ceiling Extension”

Illinois AFL-CIO Early Voting starts Monday, Oct. 22 and ends Saturday, Nov. 3.

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Early Voting starts Monday, Oct. 22 and ends Saturday, Nov. 3.

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Vote “No” on the Proposed Constitutional Amendment.

The question on the ballot will ask voters if the Constitution should be changed to require a three-fifths majority vote to increase a pension benefit in a public pension or retirement system. On October 3rd, delegates at the 40th Illinois AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention unanimously adopted a resolution opposing this proposed amendment. Click here to download the Vote NO flyer on the Proposed Constitutional Amendment.

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