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AFSCME To Re-Vote On State Contract

Illinois’ new deal with the state’s largest public employees union could be null and void.   The union is going to take a second vote on its contract agreement with Governor Pat Quinn’s administration. It took 15 months for AFSCME to … Continue reading

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AFSCME Members Say “Yes” To New State Contract

State employees who are members of AFSCME have voted overwhelmingly to accept the terms of a new state contract.  The union announced the results last evening. Governor Pat Quinn and the union spent 15 months bargaining, until finally coming up … Continue reading

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In A Jumble Of Pension Proposals, Two Make It Out Of The House

A pair of pension measures met success in the Illinois House yesterday – a day after a Senate panel approved two other proposals.  Supporters of overhauling the state’s underfunded pension systems see it as a sign it could happen this … Continue reading

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Memo Outlines How Much State Retirees Could Have To Pay For Health Care

Governor Pat Quinn’s tentative agreement with the state’s largest government-employee union would finally implement a law to make retired state workers pay for their health care, regardless of ability to pay, or how long they worked. According to a memo … Continue reading

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Union Ejection Bill Placed On Hold

Unions are getting another chance to negotiate on a measure that would prevent thousands of state employees from joining one, and eject thousands of others from it. It’s an effort by Governor Pat Quinn to curb the growth of unions. … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Sides with Quinn on Prison Closures

The Illinois Supreme Court is siding with Gov. Pat Quinn in his effort to close prisons and other correctional facilities. In a split decision (PDF) Tuesday, the justices ordered the withdrawal of a preliminary injunction that had stopped Quinn from … Continue reading

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IL House Votes “No” To AFSCME Pay Raises

Legislators are saying “no” to unionized state workers looking for a raise. Negotiations are ongoing between the governor and the union.  On Wednesday, the Illinois House stepped into the fray.  Brian Mackey has more. [.mp3 -:53] Pay raises have been … Continue reading

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First Week Of Veto Session Recap

Illinois legislators have so far overruled Governor Pat Quinn on issues related to prisons and assault weapons, but they’ve been working on other matters too, including measures designed to address the state’s dire financial situation. WUIS Statehouse Bureau Chief Amanda … Continue reading

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House Stepping Into AFSCME Contract Negotiations

Unionized state employees could have a harder time bargaining for pay raises under a measure that advanced in the Illinois House Tuesday. Brian Mackey has more. AFSCME, the state’s largest government-employee union, has been in negotiations with Gov. Pat Quinn’s … Continue reading

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Unions Disrupt Democratic Rally Claiming Quinn’s UnFAIR

Unions caused a ruckus yesterday at a Democratic rally at the Illinois State Fair.  Although labor unions have historically been backers of Democrats, protesters instead booed them, and called Governor Pat Quinn a liar.  Labor unions say it’s time Quinn and other … Continue reading

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Legal Ping Pong With AFSCME Pay Raises

An arbitrator says he’s not weighing in on whether Illinois had enough money to pay state workers’ pay hikes.  Which means the legal ping-pong between the state’s largest public employees union and Governor Pat Quinn’s administration continues. A Cook County … Continue reading

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Judge Expected To Rule Today On Union Pay Raises

A year ago, Governor Pat Quinn said he would rescind raises promised to 30,000 unionized state employees.  Today  a judge is expected to rule on whether that’s legal. Last year’s announcement of the cancelled raises was a blow, considering it … Continue reading

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AFSCME Contract Extended After Failure To Reach Agreement

Illinois’ largest public-employee union and Governor Pat Quinn’s administration have been unable to agree to a new contract for the union’s 40-thousand state workers.  But they were able to agree to temporarily extend the current contract, while talks continue.  As … Continue reading

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Is Illinois Government Too Unionized?

Hundreds of state employees could be removed from labor unions under a measure advancing in the Illinois Senate. Backers say so many high-ranking state officials are unionized, it’s preventing the smooth operation of state government. Brian Mackey has more: [mp3 … Continue reading

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House Speaker Seeks to Privatize Workers Compensation System

House Speaker Mike Madigan says he has picked up on a disturbing pattern when it comes to workers compensation claims by state employees.   Amanda Vinicky has more on his plan to do something about it. 

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Arbitrator Quotes “The Boss” in Decision on Pay Raises

An arbitrator says Governor Pat Quinn violated a contract with the Illinois’ largest public employees’ union.  AFSCME had called on the arbitrator to weigh in on Quinn’s plan to cancel 30 thousand members’ raises.  Amanda Vinicky reports:

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AFSCME takes Quinn to arbitrator over raise cancellation

The state’s largest public employees union is asking an arbitrator to decide if Governor Pat Quinn can cancel members’ promised pay raises.

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