Illinois Labor Relations Board

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

The Southern Illinoisan/AP

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - An Illinois panel is expected to hear a case against a troubled public housing authority facing allegations of unfair labor.

The union representing Chicago police officers is asking the Illinois Labor Relations Board to stop the city from implementing a new use-of-force policy.

A public housing authority in Illinois that has been plagued by mismanagement and other problems provided generous retirement contracts to employees just before the director left.  The contracts were negotiated with employees represented by the Laborers' International Union of North America Local 773. 

Leaders of a public-employee union say Gov. Bruce Rauner administration's plans to implement bereavement leave for union members is meant to distract Illinois workers and the public from larger contract negotiation issues.

The Illinois Labor Relations Board has declared contract negotiations between Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration and the largest public-employees union at an impasse.   The decision allows the Republican governor to impose his terms on the 38,000-member state council of the American Federation of State, Council and Municipal Employees. That gives the union the opportunity to accept the terms or vote to go on strike. Either side may appeal in court.

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 Illinois' largest public workers' union.  
The decision means the contract negotiations case with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees will proceed as it has for months, with an administrative law judge. She'll give her recommendation to the board, possibly by November.
 Illinois Labor Relations Board members, appointed by the governor, voted unanimously Thursday.

Illinois' largest public employees union is taking preliminary steps in preparation for a possible strike.
AFSCME spokesman Anders Lindall says it's responsible to be sure the union's members are informed, in the event it comes to taking a strike vote.

The Illinois Labor Relations Board has certified a new faculty union at Northern Illinois University.  The new union will be called the United Faculty Alliance of Northern Illinois University. The group filed its intent to unionize in April.

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. 

Lawyers for Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the largest state employees' union are making their case about whether negotiations on a new labor agreement have stalled.

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 question of whether talks between Governor Bruce Rauner's administration and the state's largest union AFSCME have reached an impasse is in the hands of the state's labor relations board.