union http://peoriapublicradio.org en Group praises football union decision http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/group-praises-football-union-decision <div>Backers of an effort to unionize Northwestern University football players are praising a federal agency's landmark ruling that says the players are employees under federal law and can form the nation's first college athletes' union. &nbsp;But the NCAA says it’s “disappointed” by this week’s ruling from a National Labor Relations Board regional director in Chicago.</div><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 22:51:56 +0000 Jim Meadows 20864 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Group praises football union decision Mayor Manier reacts to State of Union speech http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/mayor-manier-reacts-state-union-speech <div>Washington, Illinois Mayor Gary Manier was in the nation’s capitol for the State Of The Union last night. &nbsp;He was the guest of U.S. Senator Mark Kirk. The Central Illinois town was devastated following last November’s tornado. Manier says it was a thrill to see President Obama deliver the speech. But Manier says he was hoping the President would mention the state’s recovery efforts:</div><p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 06:15:15 +0000 Alex Rusciano 18186 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Mayor Manier reacts to State of Union speech State lawmakers: new union deal could hurt Medicaid cost savings http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/state-lawmakers-new-union-deal-could-hurt-medicaid-cost-savings <p></p><div>This year, Illinois began a program to cull the state's Medicaid rolls. &nbsp;So far, it has resulted in two out of every five recipients being dropped. But some lawmakers say a new agreement with a labor union jeopardizes further cost savings.&nbsp;</div><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 22:17:56 +0000 Brian Mackey 16476 at http://peoriapublicradio.org State lawmakers: new union deal could hurt Medicaid cost savings State pension overhaul moving forward http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/state-pension-overhaul-moving-forward <p></p><div>Illinois' largest state government retirement system is moving ahead with implementation of the pension overhaul. &nbsp; That comes even as unions are preparing a lawsuit.</div><p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 22:30:59 +0000 Brian Mackey 16412 at http://peoriapublicradio.org State pension overhaul moving forward Pension lawsuit process could take years http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/pension-lawsuit-process-could-take-years <p>Several state employee unions are expected to file a lawsuit right after Governor Pat Quinn signs legislation aimed at fixing Illinois’ pension crisis. &nbsp;A University of Illinois law professor says that action will start a process that could last as long as two years. &nbsp;John Colombo says any decisions will ultimately come from the state’s Supreme Court… but the process has to start in circuit court. &nbsp;He expects unions to seek an injunction that would keep the reform plan from taking effect while the legal process plays out. &nbsp;Colombo says a circuit court may or may not grant the injunction… but he says it would be hard to reverse a pension plan once it’s already in effect.</p><p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 19:00:40 +0000 Jeff Bossert 15899 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Pension lawsuit process could take years IL union suggests returning to old pension plan http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/il-union-suggests-returning-old-pension-plan <p></p><div>Even as legislators look for new ways of combating Illinois&#39; pension debt, the state&#39;s largest government workers&#39; union says they should return to an old plan.</div><p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 22:10:38 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 13506 at http://peoriapublicradio.org IL union suggests returning to old pension plan District 150 Board considering new school police union contract http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/district-150-board-considering-new-school-police-union-contract <p>The District 150 School Board will consider a contract next Tuesday with the district’s police union. &nbsp;Members of the Police Benevolent Protective Local 114 have been working without a contract for the last three years, and had their title changed to school resource officers in that time. Union president Monica Wilson says the last contract with the district expired in June of 2010:</p><p> Fri, 24 May 2013 21:38:22 +0000 Alex Rusciano 6188 at http://peoriapublicradio.org District 150 Board considering new school police union contract Analysis: little savings in union-backed pension overhaul proposal http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/analysis-little-savings-union-backed-pension-overhaul-proposal <p></p><div>A state pension overhaul backed by government employee unions may save only half of what advocates had promised. &nbsp;That underscores an ongoing battle between the House and Senate over pensions, with only ten days left in the legislative session. &nbsp;IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There's general agreement on this much: that Illinois' public pension systems have $100 billion dollars in unfunded liabilities. &nbsp;That's a fancy word that *basically* means "debt."&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's a big number that's getting Illinois in trouble with bond houses and eating into the state's budget.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And the House and Senate have different plans on how to drive that number down.</span></p><div> Wed, 22 May 2013 12:03:09 +0000 Denise Molina & Amanda Vinicky 6002 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Analysis: little savings in union-backed pension overhaul proposal State AFSCME deal could be null and void http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/state-afscme-deal-could-be-null-and-void <p></p><div>Illinois' largest public employees union will take a new vote on a contract deal it had ratified in late February.</div><p> Wed, 01 May 2013 03:44:31 +0000 Alex Rusciano 4865 at http://peoriapublicradio.org State AFSCME deal could be null and void Peoria teachers’ union president steps down http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/peoria-teachers-union-president-steps-down <p>The newly-elected president of the Peoria Federation of Teachers says he's resigning the post. &nbsp;Scott Donahue sent a letter to the district's 1,100 teachers saying he's stepping down as president because of health concerns. He says he has a family history of heart disease and he needs to take steps to prevent undue stress. Donahue says he will continue working at Von Steuben middle school. &nbsp;He was set to take over next month as the union president. &nbsp;Donahue ran unopposed and replaced outgoing president Bob Darling. Mon, 29 Apr 2013 20:39:39 +0000 Alex Rusciano 4788 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Peoria teachers’ union president steps down