Posts Tagged ‘Illinois’

Oct
2016
11

Building Trades Tout IL’s HIRE Education Program to Boost Minority, Female Involvement in Construction

Building Trades Tout IL's HIRE Education Program to Boost Minority, Female Involvement in Construction
  The Illinois labor community is looking to improve diversity within its ranks through a program called HIRE Education. The Lincoln Land Community College program is a 20-week course that prepares women, people of color, and former convicts for union apprenticeships. Those demographics are traditionally underrepresented in organized labor,...
Sep
2016
9

STUDY: Prevailing Wages Do Not Inflate Costs or Reduce Employment (Get It Through Your Thick Skull)

STUDY: Prevailing Wages Do Not Inflate Costs or Reduce Employment (Get It Through Your Thick Skull)
  By now we all know that Illinois Republican Governor Bruce Rauner is an anti-union zealot whose extremist ideas have effectively shut down state government. One of those “ideas” is to repeal the prevailing wage, which he and his pro-business buds insist inflates construction worker wages despite repeated studies proving the...
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Aug
2016
2

Veto Poof: Rauner Kills Prevailing Wage, Home Care Bills With Single Stroke of Anti-Worker Pen

Veto Poof: Rauner Kills Prevailing Wage, Home Care Bills With Single Stroke of Anti-Worker Pen
  Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner will do whatever it takes to make sure his former cronies in the Chamber of Commerce get what they want. He demonstrated as much late last month when he vetoed several pieces of legislation, most notably Senate Bill 2964, designed to help Illinois workers. The bill stipulated that workers on [&hellip...
Jul
2016
28

Bluster Douglass: Emails Reveal IL Gov. Rauner Thinks Teachers are “Virtually Illiterate”

Bluster Douglass: Emails Reveal IL Gov. Rauner Thinks Teachers are
  Apparently Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner (R) thinks half of Chicago Public School teachers are “virtually illiterate.” He also seems to believe that half of the principals in the city are “incompetent.” This according to a trove of emails released under court order by the office of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The...
Jul
2016
13

Sen. Durbin, Flood Prevention Body Furious Over Lack of PLA on Wood River Levee Project

Sen. Durbin, Flood Prevention Body Furious Over Lack of PLA on Wood River Levee Project
  U.S. Senator Dick Durban (D-Il) is not happy. And neither is the Southwestern Illinois Flood Prevention District Council, for that matter. Against the urging of both parties, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a project on the Wood River Levee in Wood River, Illinois to a contractor with no Project Labor Agreement (PLA) in...
Jun
2016
17

IL Pay-Hater Touts Rauner’s Agenda in Kane County, but Prevailing Wage Survives Symbolic Vote

IL Pay-Hater Touts Rauner's Agenda in Kane County, but Prevailing Wage Survives Symbolic Vote
  What should have been a housekeeping item for the Kane County Board became a prevailing wage showdown, with outlier GOP board members attempting to abide by Gov. Bruce Rauner’s “turnaround agenda” and reject the long-established wage ordinance.  Each year, the Illinois Department of Labor asks each county board to pass a...
May
2016
20

10,000 Rally Against IL Gov’s Anti-Union Agenda; Study Reveals Boost in State’s Union Membership

10,000 Rally Against IL Gov's Anti-Union Agenda; Study Reveals Boost in State's Union Membership
  An estimated crowd of 10,000 labor supporters rallied in the streets of downtown Springfield on Wednesday to protest Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s anti-worker “Turnaround Agenda.” The activists called on the governor to pass a budget following an 11-month impasse. The rally came just days after Rauner vetoed a bill that would...
Apr
2016
19

STUDY: Illinois Union Members Get $6 Back for Every $1 They Contribute in Dues

STUDY: Illinois Union Members Get $6 Back for Every $1 They Contribute in Dues
  A new report from the Illinois Economic Policy Institute shows that Illinois union members get $6 back for every dollar they contribute in dues.  The report is timely considering the ongoing anti-union crusade of Gov. Bruce Rauner and his anti-worker “Turnaround Agenda.”   The full report, “The Application and Impact of Labor Union...
Feb
2016
26

IL-annoyed: State’s First Attempt at Local “Right-to-Work” Taken to Court by Multiple Unions

IL-annoyed: State's First Attempt at Local
  A legal showdown is shaping up in Illinois where the Village of Lincolnshire will have to defend its attempt to pass “Right-to-Work” on the local level.  Two lawsuits challenge the village board’s authority to pass such legislation, one from the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 150 and one from a group of...
Sep
2015
14

Madigan Says Dems Didn’t Defect During Rauner Override Vote; No Sign of Impasse Evolving

Madigan Says Dems Didn't Defect During Rauner Override Vote; No Sign of Impasse Evolving
  This month, the Illinois House of Representatives failed to overturn Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of a bill which would have provided arbitration as an alternative to a strike or lockout if an impasse is declared in negotiations between the state and its workers.  Three Democrats appeared to buck the party line, siding with Rauner...
May
2015
20

Ahead of Big Budget, “Right-to-Work” Votes, IL Gov Rauner Is Literally Paying Politicians Off

Ahead of Big Budget,
  Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is once again making waves before making a difference, doling out $400,000 from his campaign fund to the state’s Republican lawmakers in advance of several key votes. Major budget and “turnaround agenda” decision are looming for the legislature.   The unorthodox move shows that the multi-millionaire’s...
May
2015
11

When Keeping It Real Goes Raun: IL House Speaker Forcing Gov’s Hand With May 14 “Turnaround Agenda” Vote

When Keeping It Real Goes Raun: IL House Speaker Forcing Gov's Hand With May 14
  Illinois House speaker Mike Madigan has scheduled a May 14th vote on Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed “Right-to-Work” legislation, even though the governor has yet to send a bill to the general assembly.   For months Rauner has been touting local “Right-to-Work” zones as part of his so-called “turnaround agenda.”  Yet,...