Contract Negotiations

Gov. J.B. Pritzker used his first full day in office to restore frozen Gov. J.B. Pritzker used his first full day in office to restore frozen wage increases for unionized state employees. 

The Supreme Court remains divided in a major organized labor case over "fair share" fees that nonmembers pay to help cover the costs of contract negotiations.

Workers at restaurants, bars and coffee shops at O'Hare International Airport have voted to authorize a strike amid ongoing contract negotiations.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale's administration and faculty union have reached a tentative contract agreement following more than two years of negotiations.  The previous version of the agreement, which helps define roles and responsibilities of faculty and administrators, expired June 30, 2014. Since then, faculty members have been operating under the old contract's terms.

CityLink GM Announces Retirement

Dec 6, 2016

CityLink General Manager Al Stanek is retiring at the end of year. Stanek has served in the position since February 2015. His retirement announcement comes as the Regional Mass Transit Authority continues to negotiate with its bus driver’s.

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.

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.

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.

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Chicago teachers are picking up signs and T-shirts as they prepare for a potential strike.  Members of the Chicago Teachers Union are set to hit the picket lines at 6 a.m. Tuesday if union negotiators and Chicago Public Schools officials don't strike a tentative deal on a new contract.

Chicago officials say all schools will remain open if there's a teachers strike this month.  Chicago Public Schools say schools will provide free breakfast and lunch to students in need. Staff from the district's central office will be dispatched to schools to help with online learning, physical education and arts and crafts. Principals and security staff will remain in schools. However, classes and extracurricular activities will be canceled.

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Teachers in the country's third-largest city have cranked up the heat in contract talks, threatening to go on strike in less than two weeks.  The Chicago Teachers Union and school district officials are clashing over cost-of-living raises, pension contributions and health care costs in negotiations that have stretched into a second year. 

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Teachers in the nation's third-largest school district are casting ballots on whether they support a strike.  Members of the Chicago Teachers Union began voting for a strike authorization today. Voting lasts through Friday. Union officials say the results won't be available right away. 

The Chicago Teachers Union has set dates for a strike authorization vote.  The union's House of Delegates says a vote will take place beginning Sept. 21 and run through at least Sept. 23.  Union members last spring approved a strike authorization. However, officials say a second vote would cover them legally to strike this fall.

Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration says it wants to bypass a legal recommendation in order to expedite the resolution of its case on whether negotiations have stalled between the state and the largest state worker's union.   Rauner's administration says a quick resolution will help Illinois save $35 million to $40 million per month in higher health insurance costs for workers. 

Illinois House Democrats failed to overturn a veto from Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on a bill that would let an arbitrator settle state-employee wages and working conditions if union negotiations stall. 

In legislation headed to the governor, the 24,000 workers who care for disabled residents in their homes would make at least $15 an hour. 

Group says state can’t afford union pay raise

May 17, 2016

Members of a conservative think-tank rallied in Springfield today in support of Governor Bruce Rauner and his veto of a bill that would send contract negotiations into binding arbitration. The legislation is supported by AFSCME, the state's largest public sector union. 

Top administrators at the University of Illinois' Urbana-Champaign campus say they want to continue negotiating with non-tenured faculty members on a contract.

Democrats in the Illinois legislature approved legislation today to require arbitration for union contract disputes.

The Democrat-led Illinois Senate has approved a measure that would allow an outside arbitrator to settle state-employee wages and working conditions if union negotiations reach an impasse.

A controversial labor-backed measure has been approved by the Illinois House. The vote was 67 to 45.  It would let an arbitrator settle the stalled contract talks between AFSCME, the largest state employees' union, and Governor Bruce Rauner.  It would also prevent AFSCME from striking.

Illinois lawmakers are once again considering an intervention in state labor negotiations.  Contract talks have stalled between Illinois' biggest government labor union AFSCME  and Governor Bruce Rauner.  

Chicago school officials say they're ready to cut $100-million from school budgets and force teachers to pay more pension costs.  The teachers' union rejected the latest offer in the contentious contract negotiations that have lasted over a year. 

The question of whether talks between Governor Bruce Rauner's administration and the state's largest union AFSCME have reached an impasse is in the hands of the state's labor relations board. 

The state's largest public employee union remains at odds with Governor Rauner's administration on a new contract. 

No comment from Deere as union contract expires

Sep 29, 2015

With one day to go, there's still no word on negotiations affecting thousands of workers in Iowa and Illinois. The current six-year contract between Deere and Company and the United Auto Workers Union is set to expire at midnight tomorrow night.