Burnette’s Press Conference of 12/27/06

As of Friday, 12/22/06, ED Burnette was walking around telling all the lawyers in the office that up to 210 attorneys should start looking for other work due to his proposal to cut the office budget by 17 percent.  Other department heads told the County Board President that the 17 percent cuts were unrealistic and unreasonable. Well today, Burnette announced his new and revised plan calling his original plan unimaginative.

The new plan, as it affects this local, calls for the layoffs of possibly 50 attorneys, the imposition of two weeks of furlough  and the creation of a four day work week for select employees.  The new plan, needless to say, was arrived at with no input or consultation with the Local or AFSCME Council 31- the exclusive bargaining agent for all assistant public defenders in Cook County.

In June, when we ratified our current contract,with its modest wage increase, we did it after nearly two years of negotiatiion and hard work.  We also negotiated it in good faith.  We assume the County did too.  The County could not have created the budget shortfall of 500 milliion dolllars over this summer.  This was a financial position that was years in the making and the Union did its best to work with the County in negotiating a fair contract. 

Now we will make sure the County lives up to its contractual obligations.  To that end, Local leadership will be meeting with Council 31 directors to plan a response to Burnette’s latest proposal. We’ll make sure the budget isn’t being balanced on the backs of our members.

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10 Comments

  1. Eileen Pahl
    Posted December 27, 2006 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    You can watch the video clip of the WGN new report on Ed Burnette’s conference by clicking on “Cook County Budget 12/27” at http://wgntv.trb.com/news/?track=nav

  2. Drew Northrup
    Posted December 27, 2006 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    Here’s an article from Crain’s Chicago Business on Ed Burnette.

    http://chicagobusiness.com/cgi-bin/news.pl?rssFeed=news&id=23305

  3. Eileen Pahl
    Posted December 28, 2006 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    Thanks to Emily Eisner who forwarded me this article which points out that Ed Burnette’s press conference at 26th Street was sponosred by the Stroger administration.

    http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=local&id=4885963

  4. stu smith
    Posted December 28, 2006 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    Ed’s new plan showed he lied on Friday, 12/22. He is in Stroger’s back pocket and was the only show piece for Stroger’s follies. He cares only about protecting his own skin. He willingly sacrifices the staff of this office- attorney and non-attorney. He doesn’t care about providing quality legal services to our clients. He cares only about Ed and protecting his job by being a boot licker for Todd Stroger. Ed/Todd forget that the job of government is to provide for the citizens not for their cronies or for some budget concerns. Ed/Todd’s budget proposals will deprive the residents on this county of vital services. REJECT THEM.

  5. Jason Peterburs
    Posted December 29, 2006 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    I don’t know what to believe… Rumors are flying everywhere. I heard from Ed himself on 12/22, but then I hear from him again at a Todd Stroger sponsored press conference days later, and he says something completely different. When will I hear from my union leadership????????????????????

  6. Executive Board
    Posted December 29, 2006 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    Jason: Your leadership will be at Juvenile Court on Thursday, 1/4/0, at NOON for a meeting with membrship. Please attend the meeting and have your concerns addressed at that time.

  7. Drew Northrup
    Posted December 29, 2006 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    Check the Calendar on this website for the times and locations of other site meetings.

  8. Ingrid Gill
    Posted December 29, 2006 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

    I do not believe that Burnette lied to us when he informed us that he intended to abandon his responsibility to represent post conviction clients pursuant to the Post Conviction Act. Instead, Ed Burnette has shown that he does not know what the core mission is for this office in his first budget proposal to layoff the attorneys who work the front lines. His former military training is reflected in his initial strategy to sacrifice the front line troops rather than his own downtown support staff who have never entered a courtroom. By his own admission, his initial budget reflected shallow thinking rather than creative, productive cost cutting measures such as elimination of multiple layers of management. eg. 3 deputys, multiple directors, recently created 16th floor policy positions. As the commander in chief, he should have eliminated his own staff on the 16th floor such as payroll and human resources since other departments reporting to the President’s Office are consolidating these departments with the county’s.

  9. Ingrid Gill
    Posted January 16, 2007 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    FYI CCPD 2007 Budget is now published under the county’s website. Note resolution section 30 contained in Resolution and Annual Appropriation Bill for the Fiscal Year 2007 as it relates to a four day work week.

  10. Phil
    Posted January 24, 2007 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    My mom works(worked) for cook county for the last 18yrs and her entire department is getting cut. It is suppose to be effective Feb. 28th, this happened yesterday 01/22/07

    This is complete crap. Storger is a moron. Now my parents are looking to sell their house and move to a condo cause they wont beable to afford to live in a house.

    Good job cutting the budget, how about you stop and think before reacting. Like pay cuts maybe on the Top guys that are making 200-300k a year for sitting on their butt. Or getting rid of 5 million dollar a year contracts for computer repairs and just hire a IT guy. Oh here’s one….get rid of the people stealing money and that are on ghost pay rolls. Oh wait thats probably Stroger himself.

    I hate politics noting but criminals and looking out for themselfs. Here for the people my butt. Then why are you laying people off and making more unemployment and more poverty, and taking away health care benifits.

    I would like to suggest for everyone to go to the Jan. 29th hearing and make your voice heard to hopfully help these people keep their jobs.

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