U Of I Graduate Workers Strike

Feb 27, 2018
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 Monday marked the first day of a planned strike by graduate student workers at the University of Illinois' Urbana-Champaign campus. On Monday afternoon, more than 400 graduate employees rallied on the campus’s main quad to call attention to the walk-out.


U of I Grad Employees Union Strikes

Feb 26, 2018
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  The union representing graduate employees at the University of Illinois’ Urbana campus is going on strike.

That announcement came Sunday from the Graduate Employees Organization after a five-hour negotiating session with a federal mediator failed to produce a contract agreement.

The union accuses U of I administration of “failing to bargain in good faith” on the issues of wages and tuition waivers. The GEO wants the university to keep existing language that guarantees tuition waivers to graduate employees and to keep the ability to collectively bargain for wages.

Workers at restaurants, bars and coffee shops at O'Hare International Airport have voted to authorize a strike amid ongoing contract negotiations.

A tentative contract agreement has averted a possible strike that was planned by thousands of Illinois nursing home workers.  Representatives of more than 5,000 workers at nursing homes around Chicago and Rockford had planned to strike starting on Thursday, but a statement on behalf of Service Employees International Union Healthcare Illinois says an agreement was reached on a 3-year deal.

Students are being told to continue reporting to class at the University of Illinois Springfield, despite the fact that the faculty is on strike. More than 160 tenured and tenure-track professors represented by University Professionals of Illinois have been negotiating almost two years in an effort to get personnel policies included in a contract.


Professors at the University of Illinois Springfield could go on strike. That’s the result of a vote this week by United Faculty, a chapter of the Illinois Federation of Teachers. Kristi Barnwell, a history professor and vice-president of the faculty union, says the vote doesn’t necessarily mean they will strike.


“We’re still hoping that we don’t have to, and that the university’s administration will make some meaningful progress in negotiations at our next bargaining session," she says. "But we needed to let them know that the option is on the table, and our membership is ready if it comes down to that.”


The Illinois Supreme Court has declined a request to bypass a lower court and immediately take up Gov. Bruce Rauner's case for imposing pay and working conditions on members of the state's largest public employees' union. 

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.

Members of Illinois government's biggest labor union have voted to allow a strike.  The margin was 81-19, though roughly 40% of AFSCME members chose not to vote or were not eligible.  Union director Roberta Lynch says her members do not want to strike. She says she hopes Governor Bruce Rauner will resume negotiating.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s administration is trying to convince state employees that a strike would be “reckless.”  About 30,000 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 public-employee union in Illinois will ask its members this month whether they'd support a strike in a contract dispute with Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration.  The state council of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees told members that they'll vote on authorizing the union's bargaining committee to call a strike. Such a vote would not guarantee a strike.


PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - Transit workers in the Peoria area have voted to authorize a strike but their officials with their union say they're hoping to avoid a walkout.

Amalgamated Transit Union Workers Local 416 members voted 104-0 Sunday for strike authorization. Union president Ron Cox says the union is negotiating with CityLink over health care and contract length. The current contract with about 140 workers expires at midnight Wednesday.

CityLink is the Greater Peoria Mass Transit District . It serves Peoria, Peoria Heights and West Peoria. It also has contracts with Pekin and East Peoria.

CHICAGO (AP) - Hundreds of O'Hare International Airport workers have voted to go on strike ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.

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.

Students and teachers in Chicago headed back to the classroom after the Chicago Teachers Union, and the nation's third-largest school district, averted a strike with a late-night tentative contract agreement.  The union had been prepared to hit the picket lines this morning for what would have been the second major Chicago Public Schools strike since 2012. 

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Chicago teachers are picking up signs and T-shirts as they prepare for a potential strike.  Members of the Chicago Teachers Union are set to hit the picket lines at 6 a.m. Tuesday if union negotiators and Chicago Public Schools officials don't strike a tentative deal on a new contract.

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Teachers in the country's third-largest city have cranked up the heat in contract talks, threatening to go on strike in less than two weeks.  The Chicago Teachers Union and school district officials are clashing over cost-of-living raises, pension contributions and health care costs in negotiations that have stretched into a second year. 

Teachers in the nation's third-largest public school district have overwhelmingly voted in support of a strike, though the earliest one could occur is mid-October.   95% of the Chicago Teachers Union's voting members favored strike authorization.   The support was expected. About 88% supported a strike during a similar December vote. 

The spotlight is on contract talks between teachers and officials with the nation's third-largest school district as Chicago students attend the first day of school.  Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool and Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, both held public appearances today. 

URBANA, Ill. (AP) - A faculty union at the University of Illinois' Champaign-Urbana campus plans a five-day strike after contract talks with the school Wednesday ended without a settlement. 

Shawn Gilmore is president of the Nontenure Faculty Coalition Local 6546. He says union members voted "overwhelmingly" Wednesday evening to authorize a five-day strike. The strike is to start Thursday with picketing is scheduled to start at 8 a.m. at the English Building. The union went on a two-day strike earlier this month.


Members of the union representing non-tenure-track faculty at the University of Illinois went on strike Tuesday morning, launching a two-day work stoppage.  Union President Shawn Gilmore says  there's been a lot of support from solidarity partners, as Local #6546 seeks a greater voice for its members and longer contracts.

The union is trying to push the administration towards a quicker agreement on a first-ever contract for non-tenured faculty at the Urbana campus.

Top administrators at the University of Illinois' Urbana-Champaign campus say they want to continue negotiating with non-tenured faculty members on a contract.

The Democrat-led Illinois Senate has approved a measure that would allow an outside arbitrator to settle state-employee wages and working conditions if union negotiations reach an impasse.

Illinois mayors want more independence from state

Feb 23, 2016

Cities in Illinois want their financial ability to be a factor in labor contract negotiations.  Union workers in public safety jobs, like police officers and fire fighters, can collectively bargain, but they can't strike. 

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. 

A Chicago Public Schools official says the district will lay off some of its central office staff on Friday.  The announcement comes a day after Republican legislators called for a state takeover of the financially troubled school district. 

Chicago Teachers Union members overwhelmingly have voted to authorize their leaders to call a strike, although a final decision on a walkout would be months away.

The Chicago Teachers Union says official vote totals for a strike authorization will likely be available early next week. CTU's contract expired over the summer, but talks haven't progressed.

UPDATED 10/1/15: UAW Local 2488 members have canceled a strike authorization vote against Mitsubishi Motors. This story will be updated. 

Less than two months before production is supposed to end at the Mitsubishi plant in Normal, Union officials have scheduled a strike authorization vote. That doesn't mean a walkout will happen. But, as the contract is set to expire tomorrow night, negotiators have apparently reached an impasse on issues.