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DEKALB, Ill. (AP) - Nearly 650 workers at Northern Illinois University have signed a petition and filed it with the state labor board asking to unionize. The workers want to organize under American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which represents other NIU employees and about 5,000 other state university workers.

Gov. Bruce Rauner's campaign rhetoric was a turnoff for Illinois' public employee unions; he continually blamed "union bosses" for contributing to the state's financial woes. Now Rauner's making direct appeals to workers.

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The union that represents Illinois prison guards says inmates at the Logan Correctional Center committed about 400 assaults since the lockup was converted to an all-women facility in 2013. However, Corrections Department officials are disputing the numbers. 

Labor union endorses Dillard for governor

Mar 5, 2014

Another major government labor union has endorsed state Senator Kirk Dillard for Illinois governor. It's the third such endorsement for Dillard in the Republican primary.

Illinois lawmakers still have yet to fund long-promised raises for certain state employees. As IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, it’s affecting thousands of unionized workers.

The raises were negotiated under the Blagojevich administration, but it was Gov. Pat Quinn who starting in 2011 said he didn’t have the money to pay them. The AFSCME union sued, and a judge ordered the state to pay, with interest.

State AFSCME deal could be null and void

Apr 30, 2013

Illinois' largest public employees union will take a new vote on a contract deal it had ratified in late February.

AFSCME votes to accept state contract

Mar 19, 2013

By a margin of 96 to four, members of the state's largest public employees' union voted to ratify a new contract with the state.  AFSCME and Governor Pat Quinn's administration reached a deal in late February.  But in order for it to take effect, a majority of the union's more than 35,000 members had to agree to it.  AFSCME spokesman Anders Lindall says this may have been the toughest negotiations the union's ever experienced.

State AFSCME deal carries effects

Mar 4, 2013

   A tentative agreement between Governor Pat Quinn and the state's largest public-employee union, AFSCME, means retired workers finally know how much they should budget for health care.  And it means the state will finally get the savings it had already been counting on. State and university employees who retired after long government careers have not had to pay any health care premiums. A new state law requires them to contribute. But how much they pay was subject to contract negotiations. And AFSCME and the Quinn administration's negotiations dragged on for 15 months.

Quinn, AFSCME reach tentative deal

Feb 28, 2013

  After 15 months of negotiating, Illinois' largest government-employee union has reached a tentative contract deal with the administration of Governor Pat Quinn.  AFSCME spokesman Anders Lindall says the specifics will be kept private for now: "It's a three-year agreement. The details are going to be reviewed by our entire rank-and-file membership. ... The ratification process will get started the week of this coming Monday, March 4." Published reports indicate union members would get pay raises -- even though Quinn declined to pay out some raises from the last contract.

State AFSCME union talking possible strike

Feb 19, 2013

The state's largest public employees' union is talking more about a strike.  Henry Bayer, Executive Director of the AFSCME union, says contract talks with the governor's office are going nowhere.  IPR’s Sean Crawford reports.  

Bayer says a strike is a real possibility,  and he says Governor Quinn is the catalyst.  Bayer says Quinn's termination of the union's previous contract and his attempts to force cuts in pay and benefits has workers ready to go on the picket line.          

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