Gov. JB Pritzker signs two executive orders and a bill related to labor on his first day in office. [Hannah Meisel/The Daily Line]

One of Gov. JB Pritzker’s first official actions in office last week — the announcement that AFSCME Council 31 members would soon be put back on the appropriate “pay steps” that had been frozen since the summer of 2015 — was designed to send a deliberate message to the public employee unions that had so often come under attack during former Gov. Bruce Rauner’s four years in office.

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