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Janus v. AFSCME could mean more freedom for Illinois' government workers

Mailee Smith, Illinois Policy Institute Oct. 10, 2017, 11:07am

For four decades, government workers have been denied their First Amendment right to freedom of association, but that could change with a U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2018.

Madigan petitions Supreme Court for direct appeal of LeChien's order preserving worker pay

The Madison County Record Mar. 20, 2017, 1:45pm

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has asked the Supreme Court for direct appeal of a St. Clair County order preserving a normal payroll for state employees in the absence of appropriations.

AFSCME uses fake 'compromise' to set stage for state worker strike

Mailee Smith, Illinois Policy Institute Jan. 17, 2017, 8:03am

AFSCME – the state’s largest government-worker union – spent two years pushing for contract provisions that would cost state taxpayers billions. Now that the union has lost before the state labor board, it has issued a “framework” for compromise. But that “framework” is merely a publicity stunt to make the union appear reasonable while union leaders threaten a strike to obtain contract provisions that burden state taxpayers.

Appellate judges contemplating life of AFSCME contract, as troopers litigate similar claims in LeChien’s court

The Madison County Record Jan. 10, 2017, 2:19pm

Illinois judges continue to prolong the life of the contract that covers about 38,000 state employees in the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.