State Employee Union Presses Measure To Prevent Strike, LockoutUnion-friendly Illinois Democrats say Gov. Bruce Rauner has so poisoned contract negotiations with state workers that they pushed legislation Thursday that would prohibit either a strike or the Republican governor locking workers out.
Rauner Orders State To Divert 'Fair Share' Fees From UnionsIllinois 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.
Unions Sue Rauner Over Order Blocking "Fair Share" DuesIllinois 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.
Lawmakers Fear Blame For Chicago Pension Tax HikeA 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.
Will County Workers' Strike Enters Day 4Municipal 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.
Cullerton Touts Pension Deal With Unions As House Committee OKs Madigan PlanLabor 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.
Quinn Gets Go-Ahead To Close Illinois PrisonsSeven 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.
Union: Quinn's Unfair Demands Have Left Contract Talks At StandstillFirst it was Mayor Rahm Emanuel with the Chicago Teachers Union, and now, another prominent Illinois Democrat is in trouble with a public employees' union.
State Agrees To Halt Transfers From Prisons Set To CloseThe 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.
8 Volatile Criminals Moved As Tamms Supermax Prison Prepares To CloseEight of the state’s more volatile criminals were moved Thursday from the Tamms Superman prison downstate.
Appeals Court Backs Quinn's Move To Deny Workers' RaisesA federal appeals court is backing Gov. Pat Quinn's move to deny pay raises to thousands of union workers.
Chicago Workers Protest Gov. Walker's Speech In SpringfieldDozens 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.