Rauner reaches contract deal with conservation police officers union

By Mailee Smith
01/10/2017
Gov. Bruce Rauner’s agreement on a contract with the Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council for conservation police officers, as well as 19 other Illinois government-worker unions, demonstrates that it is AFSCME – and not the governor – that is standing in the way of a fair contract for Illinois’ largest group of state workers.

TAGS: AFSCME: American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, Bruce Rauner, Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council, police

AFSCME ends 2016 the way it started it: costing taxpayers millions

By Mailee Smith
12/25/2016
2016 is ending much the same way it began for Illinois taxpayers – with AFSCME costing the state millions of dollars as it stalls progress on a contract for state workers. We can expect more of the same in 2017, with union leadership doing all it can to thwart Gov. Bruce Rauner and the state’s labor board – including the possibility of a state worker strike.

TAGS: AFSCME: American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, Bruce Rauner, labor, unions

AFSCME turns on the Illinois Labor Relations Board

By Mailee Smith
12/14/2016
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, desperate to avoid the implementation of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s contract offer, filed a lawsuit against the Illinois Labor Relations Board, claiming the board violated the Open Meetings Act in reaching its decision that AFSCME and the state are at impasse in contract negotiations. The labor board met Dec. 13 and reissued the decision it announced at its meeting Nov. 15 and in writing Dec. 5 – that the state and AFSCME are at impasse.

TAGS: AFSCME: American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, Bruce Rauner, Illinois Labor Relations Board