The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the biggest labor union representing Illinois state workers, has reached a contract deal with Governor J.B. Pritzker’s administration.

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The city of Peoria is preparing for a workforce reduction. Layoff notices were issued this month to 11 members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union or AFSME.

The latest skirmish between Governor Bruce Rauner and the AFSCME labor union took place in a Springfield courtroom today. This time it was before a panel of appellate judges.

It’s been just about three years since AFSCME workers were due for a new contract. But Gov. Rauner made tough demands — like a new pay structure, more expensive health insurance, and more power to outsource jobs.

Mike Newman is the No. 2 man in the Illinois branch of AFSCME.

A long-fought battle between state government and the AFSCME union came to the forefront again Thursday.  State government workers from the union rallied at the capitol to call for periodic raises they say the state owes them.

Roberta Lynch, AFSCME’s Executive Director in Illinois, says even though the state Supreme Court sided with the union, workers have yet to see the money.

City of Peoria Eyes Budget Cut Options

Oct 25, 2017

In the face of declining revenue, Peoria city staff has proposed a net cut of 11 workers to help balance the 2018 budget.

The union representing corrections officers says inmate attacks on state employees have increased 51% since 2015.

Northern Illinois University may have to reimburse some of its union-member employees for a parking pass fee increase. That’s if the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board sides with AFSCME in a final ruling.

NIU raised its parking prices by $19 as of July 2016. At the time, the university had been negotiating a first contract with a new bargaining unit of the state employee union since February 2016, according to IELRB documents.

The Illinois Supreme Court has declined a request to bypass a lower court and immediately take up Gov. Bruce Rauner's case for imposing pay and working conditions on members of the state's largest public employees' union. 

Two state workers who joined Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's lawsuit arguing labor unions shouldn't be allowed to collect fees from non-members say they're appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court.  The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower-court ruling that allowed unions to collect the "fair share" fees from workers covered by collective bargaining agreements. 

Rauner Takes AFSCME to State Supreme Court

Mar 20, 2017

Gov. Bruce Rauner is taking his fight with Illinois’ biggest government labor union to the state Supreme Court. 

An Illinois appellate court has temporarily barred Gov. Bruce Rauner from imposing his contract terms on the state's largest public employee union.  The 4th District Court of Appeals sided with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31. The court issued an order prohibiting immediate action by the Republican governor.

Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration has made it easier to find temporary workers in case a major public-employee union strikes.  The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees state council says hiring replacements would be illegal.

Members of Illinois government's biggest labor union have voted to allow a strike.  The margin was 81-19, though roughly 40% of AFSCME members chose not to vote or were not eligible.  Union director Roberta Lynch says her members do not want to strike. She says she hopes Governor Bruce Rauner will resume negotiating.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s administration is trying to convince state employees that a strike would be “reckless.”  About 30,000 state employees who belong to the union AFSCME are starting a 3-week-long process in which they’ll be voting on whether they should strike.  

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Members of Illinois' largest public-employee union are voting on whether to authorize a strike as contract talks with Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration remain stalled. 

The largest public-employee union in Illinois will ask its members this month whether they'd support a strike in a contract dispute with Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration.  The state council of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees told members that they'll vote on authorizing the union's bargaining committee to call a strike. Such a vote would not guarantee a strike.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration has filed an unfair labor practice charge against the state's largest public-employee union, a move union leaders call an attempt to intimidate their members.

Rauner's filing Thursday says it costs the state $2 million a day and is seeking damages.

Union spokesman Anders Lindall calls the filing "frivolous."

The Republican governor and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees state council are warring over whether the governor can impose the terms of the administration's final contract offer.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A judge in southern Illinois has issued a temporary restraining order to keep Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration from imposing contract terms onto state workers.

The order this week from Judge Robert LeChien comes after the Illinois Labor Relations Board last month issued an opinion saying contract talks between the state and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union were at an impasse. That ruling let the state impose final contract terms. 

The major public-employee union recently went to labor-friendly St. Clair County asking the court to bar Republican Rauner from taking action to implement the contract.

The union that’s representing 30,000 state workers is suing Governor Bruce Rauner.  It filed a lawsuit late yesterday in Saint Clair County circuit court.  AFSCME spokesman Anders Lindall says Rauner is starting to implement a new state contract before the law allows.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois' major public-employee union has filed a lawsuit to stop Gov. Bruce Rauner from imposing contract terms because negotiations have been declared hopelessly deadlocked.

The action is likely only temporary, however. 

 The state council of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees went to labor-friendly St. Clair County Wednesday. It's asking a judge to bar Republican Rauner from taking action to implement the contract. 

Dozens of state legislators Wednesday publicly called on Governor Bruce Rauner to negotiate with the state's largest public-employee union, but Rauner has already started taking advantage of his ability to implement new contract terms without AFSCME's approval.

A state labor board recently found Rauner was fine to have broken off talks with AFSCME last January, because the two sides were so far apart.

The union plans to fight that decision in court, but otherwise, most state employees are faced with accepting Rauner's terms, or going on strike.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Nearly three dozen Illinois legislators of both political stripes are asking Gov. Bruce Rauner to resume contract negotiations with the state's largest public-employee union.  The lawmakers said Wednesday that the "nonpartisan" issue is crucial to the struggling state. 

Decatur Democratic Rep. Sue Scherer says "nothing happens if you're not at the table."

Republican Rauner broke off negotiations last winter with 30,000 members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees state council. A state labor board sided with Rauner this month that talks had reached "impasse." That means the governor can impose his own contract terms. 

Leaders of a public-employee union say Gov. Bruce Rauner administration's plans to implement bereavement leave for union members is meant to distract Illinois workers and the public from larger contract negotiation issues.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is in the early stages of imposing new employment terms for members of AFSCME the state's largest government labor union.  That's because of a state labor relations board decision early this week that the two sides are at an impasse in contract negotiations.  But AFSCME members like Randy Knight, with the department of revenue, want Rauner to instead choose to resume talks.  Knight and hundreds of other state employees picketed outside their Springfield office over the lunch hour.

AFSCME to Gov. Rauner: Don't Dictate, Negotiate

Nov 17, 2016

Illinois state government public service workers are planning a day of demonstrations across the state amid cost-cutting efforts by Gov. Bruce Rauner.



The Illinois Labor Relations Board has declared contract negotiations between Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration and the largest public-employees union at an impasse.   The decision allows the Republican governor to impose his terms on the 38,000-member state council of the American Federation of State, Council and Municipal Employees. That gives the union the opportunity to accept the terms or vote to go on strike. Either side may appeal in court.

State workers suing to put an end to mandatory union dues will appeal a judge's order dismissing their case.  That's according to their attorney, Jacob Huebert, who is with the conservative-supported Liberty Justice Center.  

Rep. Duckworth Joins Unions in Labor Day Parade

Sep 6, 2016
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Democratic US Senate Candidate and Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth attended this year’s Labor Day Parade in downtown Peoria.

Duckworth, a Gulf War Veteran, was a pilot in the Army National Guard and  flew out of Peoria for more than 18 years. She says that makes the Peoria Labor Day Parade a particularly special place for her to celebrate the purpose of the holiday.

Labor's Ire for Rauner On Display at the DNC

Jul 28, 2016

There’s been one theme that’s come up day-after-day at the Illinois delegation’s morning events this week in Philadelphia: Bruce Rauner’s stance on unions.

The Illinois governor has advocated for a number of policies in the legislature, in court, and in contract negotiations - that labor unions see as a threat to their very existence.


And this week - Illinois Democrats have heard about that fight over and over. Tony Arnold reports.



Illinois Democratic delegates have heard from - by my count - 20 union leaders during breakfasts this week.


And I can’t play you just one clip from one of these speakers to give you an idea of what they’ve been saying all-week-long about Governor Bruce Rauner. There’s just too much to pick from.

A state labor board has denied a request by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration to bypass an administrative judge and expedite ruling on whether negotiations have stalled with Illinois' largest public workers' union.  
The decision means the contract negotiations case with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees will proceed as it has for months, with an administrative law judge. She'll give her recommendation to the board, possibly by November.
 Illinois Labor Relations Board members, appointed by the governor, voted unanimously Thursday.