He says we do need pension reform right away, but he wants to leave it up to lawmakers. The state needs to make big changes to public pensions in order to get our budget back on track.
In a letter Wednesday, he told union leaders, if they wanted a say, they should have been more willing to negotiate a long time ago. Madigan adds, it's good they're trying to help, but criticizes them for not offering up realistic ideas, saying:
to date, we have received no cooperation from the labor
unions representing state employees on addressing their
challenges. In fact, these unions have often been strongly
opposed to any attempt to solve the problem.
AFL-CIO Director Michael Carrigan fought back saying:
We believe pension legislation supported by all parties
is the only way to meet constitutional muster and avert
costly and time-consuming court battles.
The meeting is supposed to happen in about 1-1/2 weeks. No word from the governor or other leaders whether they plan on attending or not.