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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner recently announced that he wants to replace guards in prison watchtowers with security cameras, in an effort to cut down on overtime costs for the cash-strapped state.  In this report WSIU radio spoke with  Eddie Caumiant is a Regional Director with AFSCME Council 31, the Union which represents prison guards.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to replace guards in prison watchtowers with security cameras. It's an effort to cut down on overtime costs for the cash-strapped state.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner has taken his confrontation with the state's largest public-employee union to the Supreme Court. 

A court order revealed late last week makes it much less likely state employees will go on strike anytime soon.

An Illinois appellate court has temporarily barred Governor Bruce Rauner from imposing his contract terms on the state's largest public-employee union. The 4th District Appellate Court sided with AFSCME ... issuing 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.

A majority of state workers in Illinois' largest public employee union have voted to authorize a strike.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s administration is trying to convince state employees that a strike would be “reckless.”

About 30-thousand 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.

The largest Illinois state employees union is preparing for a potential strike.

AFSCME executive director Roberta Lynch sent an email to union members telling them a strike authorization vote will take place in each local union sometime between January 30th and February 19th.

Illinois' largest state employee union says it's made significant concessions in hopes of resuming contract negotiations, including a wage freeze.

Governor Bruce Rauner's administration is accusing Illinois' biggest government union of an unfair labor practice.

Contract negotiations began nearly two years ago and ended in January, when Rauner walked away from the table. Last month, the administration finally persuaded a state labor board that the governor and the AFSCME union were at an impasse.

A judge in the Metro East has issued a temporary restraining order to keep Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration from imposing contract terms onto state workers.

AFSCME Files Suit Against Gov. Rauner

Dec 1, 2016

The state's largest government labor union is asking a St. Clair County court to force Governor Bruce Rauner back to the bargaining table.

AFSMCE has filed a lawsuit on behalf of some 30-thousand state employees whose terms of employment, as of now anyway, are at Governor Rauner's whims.

Some Lawmakers Call For Gov. Rauner To Resume Talks With AFSCME

Nov 30, 2016

Illinois will begin drug and alcohol testing for members of state government's biggest labor union. It would only apply to employees suspected of being impaired on the job.

AFSCME Members Picket Across Illinois

Nov 17, 2016

State workers across Illinois are protesting Gov. Bruce Rauner's plan to enact his own terms for a new labor contract.

The demonstrations at 120 worksites across Illinois Thursday are organized by AFSCME, which represents about 38,000 state employees.

The state panel of the Illinois Labor Relations Board Tuesday issued a ruling that contract negotiations between the Rauner Administration and AFSCME Council 31 are at an impasse.

A judge is encouraging Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s administration to keep bargaining its contract with the state’s largest government union.

Illinois voters like labor unions, but generally find Governor Bruce Rauner's approach to labor negotiations to be unfavorable, according to a new poll.

University of Illinois administrators are warning employees that the state could retroactively increase their health insurance premiums. The university system recently held informational meetings at its three campuses in Chicago, Champaign-Urbana and Springfield.

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 AFSCME.

Now, the union is taking preliminary steps in preparation for a possible strike.

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.

The Illinois House Wednesday  failed to override Governor Bruce Rauner's veto of a measure that would have required binding arbitration in union contract disputes.

It's a repeat of what happened with a nearly identical measure Rauner also vetoed last year.

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Union workers from across Illinois traveled to Springfield Wednesday to march against Governor Bruce Rauner.

They were protesting what they say are his anti-labor policies.

Governor Bruce Rauner Monday vetoed House Bill 580.

The measure provides the option of a neutral, independent arbitrator to help settle union contracts for state employees without a strike or government shutdown.

AFSCME wants a southern Illinois lawmaker to pledge she'll vote to override an expected veto of a bill which would let an arbitrator settle the stalled contract talks between the union and the governor's administration.

The Illinois Supreme Court will be asked to re-visit an opinion it just issued last week. 

Illinois' biggest government labor union says state employees' salaries are at stake.

The Illinois Supreme Court Thursday said the state does not have to pay unionized employees what it says in their contracts, unless legislators specifically appropriate the money.

The Illinois House has approved a controversial labor-backed measure.

The vote was 67 to 45.

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.

The future of some 36,000 state government employees lies -- in part, anyway -- with the Illinois Labor Relations Board.

The union that represents most state workers -- AFSCME -- and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration had been at the bargaining table for a about a year when, on Jan. 15, Rauner announced he'd had enough.

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