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Members of AFSCME Council 31 have a new  labor deal with the State of Illinois, according to the union. 

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Governor JB Pritzker's administration and the largest union of Illinois state employees reached a tentative agreement on a new contract.

AFSCME Council 31 says terms will be released after its members review and vote on the tentative agreement at worksite ratification meetings to be scheduled in the coming days.

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker is asking the Illinois Supreme Court for more time to consider legal options on his predecessor's claim that negotiations with the state's largest public employee union are at a stalemate.

The Democrat's lawyers asked the court Thursday for a 90-day deadline extension to seek an appeal of a lower court ruling that went against former GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner.

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An Illinois appellate court has ruled that a state labor board erred when it declared that Gov. Bruce Rauner's negotiations with a state labor union were at a standstill.

The ruling Tuesday by the Fourth District Appellate Court sends the issue back to the Illinois State Labor Relations Board.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and the AFSCME union continue to be at odds over raises owed to thousands of state workers.   

Checks have been sent out to more than 900 Illinois workers to cover back pay owed since 2011.

Comptroller Susana Mendoza says the checks were issued to Department of Public Health workers.

The Supreme Court's ruling that government workers can't be forced to contribute to labor unions has labor groups calling on Democrats to rally together.

The case involved Illinois state government worker Mark Janus, who argued that everything unions do, including bargaining with the state, is political and employees should not be forced to pay for it.

The Illinois Labor Relations Board is moving forward with giving step increases to unionized state workers.

The State Journal-Register reports that the board has rejected a request from Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration to hold another hearing about the issue before money is paid out.

The biggest labor union representing Illinois state workers was back in court Wednesday.

AFSCME wants a panel of appellate judges to order Governor Bruce Rauner’s administration back to the negotiating table.

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The Illinois House has approved a measure to provide back pay to thousands of state workers who've been waiting for it since 2011.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports the bill passed the House Thursday. It now moves to the Senate.

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.

The Fifth District Appellate Court in Mount Vernon has ruled that Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration should be paying unionized state workers scheduled increases promised by contract.

The labor union representing Illinois prison guards says assaults on staff are way up - and state officials aren't doing enough about it.

Roberta Lynch is the head of AFSCME. She says too often, the Department of Corrections only increases staff or repairs equipment AFTER correctional officers are assaulted.

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Thursday that it will again take up a case from Illinois that seeks to do away with mandatory fees for public sector unions.

Nearly half of the states in the country allow them. The unions argue the bargaining process benefits all workers, even if they are non-members.

Illinois courts have played a crucial role in determining how state government spends money during the budget stalemate. Two of those cases have important hearings this week.

The cases involve two groups: one who has been getting paid; and another who hasn’t, but wants to.

The Illinois Supreme Court will NOT take up the case of union negotiations in state government — at least not yet.

The administration of Gov. Bruce Rauner says it's gone as far as it can go in negotiations with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, or AFSCME.

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.

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