AURORA, Ill. – State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, D-Aurora, passed a measure that will protect nurses employed by the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) from Gov. Rauner’s cuts.
“The governor’s proposal to cut these vital positions for corporate gain is unacceptable,” said Chapa LaVia. “Not only does he want to cut the nurses’ positions, but then offer the same position to them at a lower rate of pay with less benefits. The only people who would benefit from this change are the governor and his millionaire and billionaire allies.”
Chapa LaVaia is sponsoring Senate Bill 19, which would prevent IDOC from laying of nurses employed at state prisons. The governor’s plan would lay-off 124 nurses across the state, and then use the sub-contractor Wexford Health Services to rehire some of them back at a lower rate of pay. Chapa LaVia is supporting this legislation to ensure that the nurses who work at state prisons do not fall victim to the governor’s continuous attack on the middle-class.
“These nurses can be put in dangerous situations while providing care, and to not fully compensate them for their work is unconscionable,” said Chapa LaVia. “I will continue to oppose the governor’s proposals that put corporate greed ahead of the working and middle-class families throughout Illinois.”