Iowa Supreme Court upholds law ending rights for some unions
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's Supreme Court on Friday narrowly upheld a 2017 law that took away bargaining rights for many state employees, an early signal of the court's new conservative...
CHICAGO (AP) — Nine state workers who are no longer members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees are seeking the return of some the fees paid the union.
The Latest: Research, technical workers strike UC system
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a one-day strike by University of California research and technical workers (all times local):
Ex-Detroit union leader gets prison for stealing $300,000
DETROIT (AP) — A labor leader who liked to gamble at a Detroit casino was sentenced Thursday to 30 months in federal prison for embezzling $300,000 from his union.
Pritzker places state employees on correct step pay plan
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says state employees will be placed on the correct step of the state pay plan on April 1.
The reinstatement of long-postponed, experience-based salary increases is expected to affect about 20,000 state workers represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
Days into job, Pritzker signals union-relations about-face
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Just days into his term of office, Gov. J.B. Pritzker last week signaled an abrupt about-face in government relations with organized labor after four years of rancor.
The Democrat took a series of pro-worker actions, highlighted by reinstatement of long-postponed, experience-based salary increases for state workers represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
Court rules against Rauner in AFSCME contract dispute
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois appellate court has ruled that a state labor board erred when it declared that Gov. Bruce Rauner's negotiations with a state labor union were at a standstill.
The ruling Tuesday by the Fourth District Appellate Court sends the issue back to the Illinois State Labor Relations Board.
Governor seeks delay on plan to pay union step increases
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration says it needs up to two more months to produce a plan to provide three years' back pay to union workers.
Murphy reaches $34M deal with New Jersey public worker union
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Thursday the state reached a four-year, $34 million labor agreement with a public worker union that represents about 6,500 workers.
Murphy announced the deal with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees New Jersey Council 63 in a statement while he was in Boston for the same union's international convention.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Labor Relations Board is moving forward with certain salary increases for unionized state workers.
About 15,000 union members are eligible for the step increases, which are automatic raises workers receive sometime during the first decade of their careers.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Thousands of University of California nurses, pharmacists and other medical staff joined walkouts by service workers again Wednesday, forcing medical centers to close and reschedule thousands of appointments and surgeries.
The three-day strike was called last week by American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299 when the union and the university couldn't agree on a new contract.
University of California workers start 3-day strike over pay
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Thousands of custodians, security guards, gardeners and other service workers at University of California campuses started a three-day strike Monday to address pay inequalities and demand higher wages.
Strikers gathered at sunrise on the 10 campuses throughout the state, wearing green T-shirts and carrying signs that call for "equality, fairness, respect."
DETROIT (AP) — A man who was a union leader in Detroit has been charged with embezzling more than $600,000.
Mervin Hawk appeared in federal court Monday and asked for a court-appointed lawyer. Federal investigators say he diverted union dues from AFSCME Local 1640 into secret bank accounts or his own personal account over a two-year period.
Hawk was president of Local 1640 from 2013 through 2015. AFSCME stands for American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
WILKES-BARRE — Luzerne County Council on Tuesday will vote on a proposed collective bargaining agreement with county court-related employees who are represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
The agreement would apply to unionized employees of the Division of Judicial Records, the Sheriff’s Department, the District Attorney’s Office and the Public Defender’s Office, according to a proposed resolution on the agenda for Tuesday’s county council voting session.
The union representing hundreds of Lane County employees who went on strike last fall says county officials pressured and intimidated workers in an effort to prevent them from striking and to weaken the union’s influence.
By Marc A. Thiessen
The Washington Post
WASHINGTON -- The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) is ostensibly a public worker union. In truth, it is nothing more than an appendage of the Democratic Party. One hundred percent of its political contributions go to Democrats, and it works tirelessly to increase government spending and stop Republicans who want to reform state government.
Chicago Tribune: The problems with mandatory union fees are obvious
Mark Janus is a child support specialist for the state of Illinois who, like many Illinoisans, has some disagreements with the policies of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. Most Illinoisans, however, are not required to pay dues to the union. Janus is.
High court weighs rights of ‘free riders’ in government employee unions
WASHINGTON — In a closely watched labor case, justices of the Supreme Court appeared likely to favor the rights of individual government employees not to contribute to unions over the unions’ insistence that such defections would undermine their collective-bargaining strength.
Janus v. AFSCME grew out of a worker’s objection in Illinois but has ramifications for labor-friendly Connecticut, where unions for state and local employees are strongly entrenched.
STAMFORD — A rally scheduled for noon today at the Stamford Government Center seeks to raise awareness about a case going before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday.
DONOR: AFSCME Local 212
ABOUT THE DONOR: The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 212 represents more than 300 people, including Sioux City Community School District bus drivers, Sioux City Assessor's Office, Sioux Gateway Airport, Sioux City Field Services and Operations Unit workers, and Technical and Clerical Unit workers.
Other county workers face pay, health benefit changes
Lane County elected officials and more than 200 other non-union-represented county government employees likely will start paying toward their health insurance premiums next year for the first time.
Appellate court rules against Rauner on pay increases
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Fifth District Appellate Court in Mount Vernon has ruled that Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration should be paying unionized state workers scheduled increases promised by contract.
Monday's opinion overturns an Illinois Labor Relations Board decision.
NIU union members to protest for fair contracts Nov. 20
DeKALB – In their fight for a fair union contract, Northern Illinois University employees represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees will stage a protest Nov. 20 outside Altgeld Hall.
The event will last from noon to 1 p.m. Members of AFSCME Local 1890, a group of more than 600 administrative and clerical professionals, and AFSCME Local 963, a group of around 275 building service and campus dining employees, will be involved in the rally, but all are welcome.
Union spokesperson: NIU yet to act on state labor board ruling
DeKALB – Northern Illinois University officials are yet to respond to an Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board ruling ordering them to rescind parking fees for members of a local union negotiating its their first contract, a union spokesperson said.
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1890, which represents around 700 clerical and administrative workers at the school, has been without a contract since it began negotiations in February of last year.
Lane County commissioners approved a new contract with county government employees represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees on Tuesday, a week after the union ended a strike by more than 500 AFSCME workers.
Commissioners voted 4-0 in a pair of votes Tuesday to implement contract terms the sides agreed to Oct. 24. Commissioner Pat Farr, whose son is an AFSCME-represented county employee, abstained from voting.
Judge dismisses collective bargaining lawsuit in Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit by one of Iowa's largest public workers unions that challenged the state's new collective bargaining law.
Judge orders clerk to end ‘harassment’ of union employees
MT. CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — A judge has granted a temporary restraining order forbidding Macomb County Clerk Karen Spranger from "harassing" or retaliating against employees engaged in union activities.
The Detroit Free Press reports that Circuit Judge Matthew Switalski issued the order after a brief hearing Friday.
More than 500 Lane County government employees returned to work Wednesday as the first strike by a county labor union in 38 years ended in the dark of night.
County administration and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union negotiators struck a tentative deal for a new three-year contract late Tuesday.
Under the agreement, the union dropped most of its financial proposals and accepted most of the terms the administration had been sticking to.
Lane County workers end strike
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Striking government employees in Lane County are going to back to work after a walkout that lasted more than a week.
The county says it reached a contract agreement with nearly 700 workers represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
The agreement must be ratified by union members and the Lane County Board of Commissioners before taking effect, but the workers in Eugene area returned to their jobs Wednesday.
The strike between Lane County and its largest employee union appears to be over.
The county sent out a news release shortly before 10:30 p.m. Tuesday announcing that the county had reached a tentative agreement with the 692-member local American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
A news release prepared by Lane County public information officer Devon Ashbridge indicated that the employees would return to work Wednesday.
The standoff between Lane County and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees continued Monday as the strike by more than 500 county government workers moved into its second week.
Employees marched outside the Lane County Public Service Building in downtown Eugene and other county offices, continuing their strike over pay and health care terms in contract talks that began in March.
Lane County and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union met in all-day contract negotiations Sunday, but they did not announce an end to talks late Sunday night.
It was unclear Sunday night whether the sides would resume labor talks through a mediator Monday.
More than 500 Lane County government employees went on strike Wednesday, protesting the county’s three-year contract offer for AFSCME-represented workers.
Lane County and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees resumed contract negotiations Friday but ultimately left the table without an agreement, ensuring that the strike by more than 500 county employees would enter its first weekend.
County and AFSCME Local 2831 representatives negotiated through a state mediator throughout the day but couldn’t reach a compromise on wage and health insurance terms for a new three-year contract with AFSCME-represented employees.
The great majority of Lane County government workers represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees remained on strike for a second day Thursday, although the county administration said about 20 percent of the unionized employees crossed the picket lines and clocked in for work.
Lane County workers go on strike, demand better wages
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — More than 500 workers represented by Lane County government's largest labor union have gone on strike.
The Register-Guard reports striking American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees formed picket lines outside county buildings Wednesday morning, as the county and union remain far apart on contract terms.
More than 500 workers represented by Lane County government’s largest labor union went on strike Wednesday, with an extended walkout possible as the county and union remained far apart on contract terms and negotiations weren’t scheduled to resume until Friday.
Striking American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees formed picket lines outside county buildings Wednesday morning, marking the first formal work stoppage at the county in 38 years.
A strike by Lane County government’s largest employee union was imminent Wednesday, as county commissioners moved toward imposing their contract terms, and the union representing 692 workers prepared for public demonstrations in downtown Eugene.
Union: Prison-inmate assaults on officers up 51 percent
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials are cutting costs by putting violent prisoners in less-secure prisons, a driver behind a 51 percent increase in inmate assaults over two years, a state employee union said Thursday.
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31 asserted that Gov. Bruce Rauner's campaign to reduce the prison population has meant an 18 percent drop in maximum-security prison populations.
County workers to get 3% cost-of-living raise
Hundreds of Santa Fe County employees are in line for a bigger raise than usual early next year.
County management and the county’s chapter of a public workers union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, agreed to a 3 percent cost-of-living increase scheduled to take effect in January.
Lucas J. Herrera, president of the AFSCME Local 1782, said he couldn’t immediately recall the last time his 250 workers received a raise of more than 1 percent.
Lane County’s largest employee union votes to OK strike
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Lane County and its largest employee union remain far apart on a new labor contract.
The Register-Guard reports (https://is.gd/jkfzCL ) that the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees voted last week to authorize a strike, calling foul on the county's proposed wage formula and its demand that employees start paying $20 to $70 per month toward their health insurance plans.
Former Rutland mayor works as a union representative
RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — Officials say the former mayor of Rutland, Vermont is now working for a union that represents public employees.
Jim Durkin, representative for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, tells The Rutland Herald (http://bit.ly/2x2n7jq ) Christopher Louras is working as a staff representative for the union.
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A union has filed a grievance in response to Western Michigan University's hiring of goats to clear 15 acres (6.07 hectares) of woodland on campus.
AFSCME moving its Madison headquarters closer to Downtown
A union representing public employees in Wisconsin announced Friday it plans to sell its Madison headquarters on the West Side and move closer to Downtown.
The move is the latest fallout from Act 10, Gov. Scott Walker’s signature 2011 law that severely curtailed the ability of public employee unions to function.
The Wisconsin American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees said it plans to relocate to “a more efficient space,” but didn’t identify a specific address.
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — New employees hired by the city of Decatur will be required to live within the city limits for at least five years.
The Herald and Review reports (http://bit.ly/2rS1pya ) the residency requirement was part of a new labor contract the city council approved Monday.
It applies to newly hired employees represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31 and Local 268.
Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board may rule on legality of NIU permit increase
DeKALB – The Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board might have to make an official ruling on whether it was legal for Northern Illinois University to raise the cost of employee parking permits while the problem was being negotiated with a union backed by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The state of Iowa has spent $55,000 so far defending itself against a lawsuit challenging a new collective bargaining law.
An invoice reviewed this week by a state council shows the Belin McCormick law firm in Des Moines charged the amount on behalf of four lawyers and a paralegal. They worked more than 175 hours between Feb. 20 and March 30 on a lawsuit filed by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Iowa Council 61.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — 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.
The Republican and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees state council received notice Tuesday that the court wouldn't accept a direct appeal over the validity of a state labor ruling.
Rauner takes union fight to Illinois Supreme Court
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has taken his confrontation with the state's largest public-employee union to the Supreme Court.
The Republican announced Friday that his office has asked the high court to uphold a labor board ruling in his favor. That ruling last fall allowed Rauner to impose his preferred contract conditions on 38,000 members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — It's unclear whether people who might replace state employees in the event of a strike by Illinois' largest public-employee union could end up with permanent jobs.
Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration has begun to collect names of people willing to work if the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees strikes, suggesting online that replacement positions could turn into permanent jobs, The State Journal-Register (http://bit.ly/2nbiFKd) reported.
REDFIELD, S.D. (AP) — Workers at the South Dakota Developmental Center in Redfield have voted to unionize.
The American News reports (http://bit.ly/2n9ZIaH ) that 88 of the 91 direct support professionals who were eligible to vote favored joining the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. They say it's an effort to improve safety for both clients and staff.