Illinois union does Oliver Twist

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) want “step pay raises” and automatic promotions for members.

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.

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