SPRINGFIELD – A reporter once asked the 20th Century’s most influential labor leader, John L. Lewis, what does organized labor want?
His response: “More.”
It’s a great rejoinder, but it’s a lousy premise to go into all negotiations
Sometimes there isn’t “more” to give.
For example, Illinois is the fiscal basket case of the nation.
It’s $111 billion-plus in pension debt, is spending what it doesn’t have and cutting basic services and is 13 weeks without a budget.
Other than that, no problem.