Yesterday while I was meeting with the new Director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities, Kevin Casey, an arbitrator ruled that Governor Quinn cannot violate his agreement with the union and close seven state facilities. This is the same arbitrator that ruled that the Governor could not cancel raises for state employees. This is a move the Governor expected and they hope to prevail in another appeal.Regardless, the agreement with the union will expire on July 1, 2012.
It is time to rebalance the disability system with the closing of Mabley and Jacksonville. The Arc will continue to advocate for good public policy that invests in community living as the best solution to insitutional living.
See story below on the arbitrator’s ruling.
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