State Worker Retirements Surging Amid Pension Reform TalkWith state lawmakers trying to hash out comprehensive pension reform by the end of the year, Illinois state workers are retiring in record numbers to make sure they preserve their existing benefits.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Wins Recall ElectionWisconsin Gov. Scott Walker survived a historic recall election on Tuesday, beating Democratic challenger and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in his bid to keep his job after his controversial fight with labor unions over collective bargaining rights.
Recall Election Ordered Against Wisconsin Gov. Scott WalkerThe elections board in Wisconsin has ordered a historic recall election against Republican Gov. Scott Walker.
Renegotiation May Be In Order Over State Workers' RaisesIllinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon says there may have to be some renegotiation with the union AFSCME over raises due 30,000 workers.
Group Says Ill. State Workers Paid More Than Private Sector PeersA free market think tank says pay for Illinois state workers has far outpaced private sector pay over the last 15 years and should be reduced as part of any serious efforts to balance the budget.
Arbitrator Says Governor Can't Cancel RaisesThe state’s largest public employees’ union scored a victory on Tuesday in their fight to regain the 2% raises to which they’re contractually entitled.
State Employee Union Takes Pay Raise Case To ArbitratorA major labor union has asked an independent arbitrator to intervene in their dispute with Gov. Pat Quinn over his decision to cancel pay raises for some 30,000 state employees.
Ill. Workers Get More Time For Insurance ChangesIllinois has given state employees a few more days to make changes to their health insurance plans.
Panel Approves Temporary Insurance Plan For State EmployeesState officials say a new temporary health insurance plan for state employees will increase options and decrease confusion.
Lawmakers: Blue Cross Insurance Plan Is Bad For Downstate Ill.The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services is catching a lot of heat over its tentative decision to award next year’s health insurance contract for state workers to Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Union Objects To Treasurer's Pension Reform PlanThe union representing many state employees disagrees strongly with Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford’s plan to require state workers to contribute more to their pensions.