Labor leaders were planning to go to court to block legislation cutting pension benefits and raising the retirement ages for many city workers, and opening the door for a property tax hike to help pay the city’s share of employee pension costs.
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.
In Wisconsin, the process of verifying signatures collected to recall Republican Governor Scott Walker begins Tuesday.
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.
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.
When Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s budget passed, an agreement had ensured that Chicago public libraries would close only on Monday and Friday mornings. But that has now changed.