Senate Bill 2408 Signing
President Terry McGoldrick and Vice President Bill Phillips were invited to attend the Bill Signing of Senate Bill 2408 by Governor Pritzker. Senate Bill 2408 is now being referred to as landmark legislation. This bill was signed on September 15th outside of the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois. Some of the speakers at the bill signing included Governor Pritzker, Senate President Don Harmon, Speaker of the House Chris Welch, Senator Hastings, Senator Rezin, Representative Welter, Representative Evans, AFL/CIO Secretary Treasurer Pat Devaney and last but not least Local 15 President Terry McGoldrick. After months of advocating for legislation to keep our nuclear plants operating and a new form of rate making for ComEd to continue to invest in electrical infrastructure, we were finally able to take a sigh of relief when Governor Pritzker signed Senate Bill 2408 into law. We are thankful for all of these legislators who helped us in our efforts. No bill is perfect but Local 15 had a lot to celebrate in this bill. This legislation is crucial to the success of our local moving forward. This bill saves thousands of direct and indirect jobs and prevents Byron and Dresden Stations from premature closing. This bill also adds benefits for any displaced energy worker due to closure of a Coal Generating site. This legislation requires prevailing wage and the strongest labor standards on generation projects within the state that are considered larger than residential projects. IBEW Local 15 thanks all of its members for rising to the occasion when we needed you to join us in Springfield for a Rally, sign witness slips and contact your legislators.