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AFSCME's demands come at expense of neediest Illinoisans

Mailee Smith, Illinois Policy Institute Oct. 18, 2016, 4:20pm

By demanding a larger share of the state’s limited resources, AFSCME is depleting state funds and keeping them from social service providers and other Illinoisans who most need them.

Court: No back pay without appropriation; Ruling nixes decision by arbitrator, lower courts

Mark Fitton, Illinois News Network Mar. 28, 2016, 11:17am

SPRINGFIELD — Reversing two lower courts and an arbitrator, the Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday ruled the state is not on the hook for back-pay raises to some 24,000 employees unless the General Assembly passes an appropriation.

House Dems again pass arbitration bill, but remain short of veto override votes

Mark Fitton, Illinois News Network Feb. 17, 2016, 5:52am

SPRINGFIELD — House Democrats on Tuesday again passed a bill that could send the stalled contract talks between Gov. Bruce Rauner and the state’s biggest employee unions to a panel of arbitrators.

State, AFSCME talks break down; No meetings scheduled, impasse may be near

Mark Fitton, Illinois News Network Jan. 9, 2016, 8:14am

SPRINGFIELD — Talks between Gov. Rauner’s administration and the state’s largest public-sector employee union broke down Friday. There are no talks scheduled for next week, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31 and the Rauner team are blaming each other for Friday’s events. There’s also no agreement on whether the talks are at impasse, which AFSCME says the Rauner team declared.

Rauner, AFSCME continue to scrap; Union blasts governor’s merit pay offers

Mark Fitton, Illinois News Network Jan. 8, 2016, 9:54am

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner has implemented a merit-raise system for non-union employees, as well as roughly 5,000 workers represented by smaller state-government unions, according to a memo from his lead attorney. The Republican governor is also proposing many points of the same to the state’s largest employee union — the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Councl 31 — which has been without a contract even after a year of negotiations.

Rauner reaches labor deals, but still in fight with AFSCME

Mark Fitton Nov. 19, 2015, 8:15am

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration on Wednesday announced it has reached new four-year deals with several trade unions, as well as with Service Employees International Union Local 1 of Chicago and the International Union of United Food and Commercial Workers.

It’s back to court for state and its unions; AFSCME and others seek wages, increases, med payments

Mark Fitton Sep. 21, 2015, 7:08am

State employee unions have returned to court in an effort to lock in continued pay for the fiscal year, get medical claims paid, stop layoffs and retain step pay raises and semi-automatic promotions despite lack of a contract. At the end of June, Illinois entered fiscal year 2016 without a budget and without new labor contracts, and its biggest unions sought to make sure their members in state government continued to be paid. The unions have so far succeeded in the courts, and their members co

Rauner-led GOP, Democrats about to square off; Going in, margins on override vote look razor thin

Mark Fitton Sep. 2, 2015, 11:07am

SPRINGFIELD — At the moment, one four-digit number — 1229 — is the watchword for the struggle between first-year Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democrats who hold supermajorities in the General Assembly. That struggle is anticipated to come to a head Wednesday in the House, when Democrats are expected to attempt an override of Rauner’s veto of Senate Bill 1229, the interest arbitration or “no-strike/no-lockout” bill. The measure would allow mandatory arbitration should either the state o

Senate Bill 1229: An assault on taxpayers

Ted Dabrowski Sep. 1, 2015, 7:43am

Illinoisans’ household incomes have fallen by 8 percent since 2000, while state-worker salaries have increased by 22 percent.

Rauner’s federal fair share fee suit vs. unions dismissed; Non-union workers cleared to continue litigation

Jonathan Bilyk May 20, 2015, 11:41am


Injunction over state employee pay moved to federal court

Amelia Flood Jul. 15, 2009, 10:52am

Illinois Human Services case worker Barb Reardon didn't want to talk politics when it came to her union's request to force the state to pay her and tens of thousands of state workers Wednesday.