American Federation Of State County And Municipal Employees

Governor Bruce Rauner waits for the arrival of  President Barack Obama at the Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy on February 19, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama used the event to designate Chicago's historic Pullman district a national monument. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Rauner Orders State To Divert ‘Fair Share’ Fees From Unions

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, dogged in attempts to eliminate fees paid to unions by workers who choose not to join, has instructed state agencies to divert money from nonunion employee paychecks away from organized labor until a judge settles the matter.

03/20/2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner outlines his agenda after being sworn into office on Jan. 12, 2015, in Springfield, Illinois. Rauner is the first Republican governor in Illinois since 2003. (Credit: CBS)

Unions Sue Rauner Over Order Blocking “Fair Share” Dues

Illinois labor unions filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking to invalidate Gov. Bruce Rauner’s executive order ending a requirement that state workers pay union dues even if they don’t want to join a union.

03/06/2015

City Hall

Lawmakers Fear Blame For Chicago Pension Tax Hike

A fast-tracked plan to overhaul two Chicago city-pension programs slowed in the Illinois House Thursday, as nervous lawmakers said they fear backlash for a massive property-tax increase even if they don’t directly approve it.

04/04/2014

Will County workers on strike packed a county board meeting on Thursday as their strike entered its fourth day. (Credit: CBS)

Will County Workers’ Strike Enters Day 4

Municipal workers in Will County said they’re in it for the long haul as they entered day four of a labor strike, following 15 months of failed negotiations.

11/21/2013

Illinois House Of Representatives

Cullerton Touts Pension Deal With Unions As House Committee OKs Madigan Plan

Labor leaders threatened a lawsuit Wednesday over House Speaker Michael Madigan’s pension-reform proposal to lower the retirement benefits of public employees in Illinois, but a committee advanced the plan anyway.

05/01/2013

Prison fence

Quinn Gets Go-Ahead To Close Illinois Prisons

Seven Illinois correctional facilities, including the modern but hotly debated high-security Tamms prison, will close within weeks after action by a judge Wednesday, Gov. Pat Quinn said.

12/19/2012

Gov. Pat Quinn

Union: Quinn’s Unfair Demands Have Left Contract Talks At Standstill

First it was Mayor Rahm Emanuel with the Chicago Teachers Union, and now, another prominent Illinois Democrat is in trouble with a public employees’ union.

CBS Chicago–09/27/2012

Prison fence

State Agrees To Halt Transfers From Prisons Set To Close

The state’s largest public employee union has won a short-term victory, with the state agreeing to temporarily stop moving inmates from prisons scheduled to close.

CBS Chicago–08/09/2012

John Spires

8 Volatile Criminals Moved As Tamms Supermax Prison Prepares To Close

Eight of the state’s more volatile criminals were moved Thursday from the Tamms Superman prison downstate.

CBS Chicago–08/03/2012

Gavel

Appeals Court Backs Quinn’s Move To Deny Workers’ Raises

A federal appeals court is backing Gov. Pat Quinn’s move to deny pay raises to thousands of union workers.

CBS Chicago–05/18/2012

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

Chicago Workers Protest Gov. Walker’s Speech In Springfield

Dozens of Chicago union workers boarded buses to Springfield Tuesday morning, where they joined about 3,000 other workers protesting today’s speech by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

CBS Chicago–04/17/2012

Illinois Senate Chambers

Some Lawmakers Join State Workers Demanding Raises

Thousands of state workers are still fighting for the pay raises the governor canceled this summer, and some lawmakers are now joining the fight.

CBS Chicago–02/17/2012

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees' logo

Public Employee Union: Where’s Our Pay Raise?

Big corporations got tax breaks last year, and the state’s largest public employee union is still asking, what about us?

WBBM Newsradio–02/03/2012

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

Illinois Union: Scott Walker Is Too Extreme For Wisconsin

In Wisconsin, the process of verifying signatures collected to recall Republican Governor Scott Walker begins Tuesday.

CBS Chicago–01/17/2012

Gov. Pat Quinn (Credit: CBS)

Union: Quinn Is Striking Backroom Deals To Close Mental Health Centers

Leaders at the state’s largest public employee union are taking issue with what they believe are backroom deals being struck by Gov. Pat Quinn to close state mental health centers.

WBBM Newsradio–01/17/2012

Library Generic (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

Union: City Can Afford To Maintain Library Hours

The union representing frontline library employees is all but rejecting a letter from aldermen Edward Burke (14th) and Brendan Reilly (42nd) asking workers to make a sacrifice to preserve library hours.

CBS Chicago–01/12/2012

Library Generic (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

Aldermen: Libraries Could Stay Open Mondays If Staff Passed Up Raises

Two Chicago aldermen have a proposal to end the dispute over the closing of the city’s public libraries on Mondays.

CBS Chicago–01/11/2012

Gov. Pat Quinn

Arbitrator Rules Against Quinn’s Plan For Layoffs, Closures

An arbitrator has ruled that Gov. Pat Quinn may not lay off more than 1,900 state employees and close seven state facilities, because the move would violate a deal with a state labor union.

10/03/2011

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees' logo

Union: State Is Ramming Through Public Hearings On Facility Closures

The largest union representing state of Illinois employees is suggesting that the state is trying to ram through public hearings on facility closures that will lead to numerous layoffs.

WBBM Newsradio–09/28/2011

Gov. Pat Quinn (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Judge Rules Against State Workers In Dispute Over Pay Hikes

A federal judge has ruled against state employees in a dispute over whether Gov. Pat Quinn can cancel raises promised in union contracts.

09/08/2011

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