Jennifer Dunn

Jennifer Dunn

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Governor Rauner and AFSCME Extend Master Agreement, But Only Through September

Earlier this week, Governor Rauner and AFSCME Council 31, the union representing almost 40,000 state workers, agreed to temporarily extend the terms of the 2012-2015 collective bargaining agreement (CBA) and prohibit a strike...more

7/31/2015 - Collective Bargaining Employee Benefits Employee Contributions Health Insurance State Employees Strike Unions

Supreme Court to Decide Constitutionality of Public Section Union “Fair Share Fees”

On June 30th, the United State Supreme Court granted certiorari in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, and will consider whether public sector agency shop arrangements, also known as “fair share” contractual...more

7/1/2015 - Corporate Counsel Fair Share Contribution First Amendment Friedrichs v CA Teachers Assoc Opt-Outs Public Sector Public Sector Unions SCOTUS Unions

General Assembly Bans Strikes by State Workers, Expands Right to Interest Arbitration

Earlier this month, the Illinois General Assembly passed legislation that drastically changes the collective bargaining landscape for State of Illinois employees. Senate Bill 1229 requires the use of interest arbitration...more

6/15/2015 - Arbitration Collective Bargaining Employee Rights General Assembly Lockouts Mediation PLRA Proposed Legislation Strike Unions

Illinois Supreme Court Rules Pension Reform Unconstitutional

On Friday, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that pension reform legislation passed in 2013, commonly referred to as Senate Bill 1, violates the pension protection clause of the Illinois Constitution. The Court upheld a...more

5/12/2015 - COLA General Assembly Pension Reform Pensions Popular Public Employees Retirement Plan SCOTUS SEC

Judge Orders Fair Share Payments to Continue During Litigation

On Friday, a St. Clair County court issued an order requiring all State of Illinois agencies to immediately reinstate the payment of fair share fees, deducted from non-union member State employees’ paychecks, to labor unions...more

4/14/2015 - Executive Orders Fair Share Contribution Governor Rauner Public Employees Public Entities Unions

General Assembly Considers Municipal/Local Government Bankruptcy Legislation

Illinois legislators are considering a bill that would amend the Illinois Municipal Code to allow municipalities and other local government entities to file for bankruptcy. Representative Ron Sandack (R-Downers Grove) has...more

4/7/2015 - General Assembly Legislative Agendas Municipal Bankruptcy Municipalities Proposed Amendments

State Employees Seek to Join Governor Rauner in Lawsuit against Fair Share Fees

Last week, three State of Illinois employees filed a motion to intervene in Governor Rauner’s lawsuit challenging fair share fees, which is currently pending in federal court in the Northern District of Illinois. Meanwhile,...more

3/31/2015 - AFL-CIO Executive Orders Fair Share Contribution Motion To Intervene Public Employees Unions

Attorney General Madigan Finds “Right to Work Zones” Preempted by Federal Law

Last Friday, Attorney General Lisa Madigan issued an opinion finding that Illinois counties, municipalities, and other local governments cannot pass local “right to work” ordinances because they are preempted by the National...more

3/27/2015 - Local Ordinance Municipalities NLRA Right to Work

Attorney General Madigan and Labor Unions Defend Fair Share Fees

Over the past several weeks, Illinois’ largest labor unions and Attorney General Lisa Madigan took steps to defend “fair share” fees against Governor Rauner’s Executive Order suspending the collection of those fees, and his...more

3/17/2015 - AFL-CIO Collective Bargaining Fair Share Law State Contractors Unions

Governor Rauner Issues Order Eliminating Fair Share Fees

Yesterday, Governor Bruce Rauner signed Executive Order 15-13 eliminating “fair share” fees paid by state employees who choose not to join a union. At the same time, Rauner filed a complaint in federal court seeking a...more

2/11/2015 - Bruce Rauner CBAs Executive Orders Fair Share Contribution First Amendment Public Employees Unions

Village of Posen’s Rough Day in Court: The Perils of Challenging an Arbitration Award

The Illinois Appellate Court recently affirmed an arbitrator’s decision to fully reinstate a police officer terminated for cashing workers’ compensation checks while also receiving full disability pay during recovery from an...more

10/8/2014 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Arbitration Awards Popular

Illinois Appellate Court: School District’s Subcontracting of Transportation Services is “Part of Bargaining Process” and an...

The Illinois Appellate Court for the Fourth District recently found that a school district did not engage in any unfair labor practices when it subcontracted student transportation services to a third-party vendor and...more

7/3/2014 - Bus Drivers Collective Bargaining Hiring & Firing Public Employees School Districts Subcontractors Subcontracts Termination Unfair Labor Practices Unions

Supreme Court Issues Decision In Harris V.Quinn: Abood Survives, But For How Long?

On Monday, the United States Supreme Court issued its anxiously anticipated decision in Harris v. Quinn, a case brought by Illinois home health aides challenging the requirement in a collective bargaining agreement that they...more

7/2/2014 - Collective Bargaining First Amendment Harris v Quinn Home Health Care Medicaid Public Employees Right to Work SCOTUS Union Dues Unions

President Obama Announces Three Nominees To NLRB

Today President Obama announced his intent to nominate current Chairman Mark Gaston Pearce and management-side labor and employment attorneys Harry I. Johnson, III and Philip A. Miscimarra to the National Labor Relations...more

4/11/2013 - Barack Obama NLRB Nominations

NLRB Asserts Jurisdiction Over Chicago Nonprofit Corporation That Operates Charter School

In a 3-1 decision in Chicago Mathematics & Science Academy Charter School, Inc. and Chicago Alliance of Charter Teachers & Staff, IFT, AFT, AFL-CIO, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) asserted jurisdiction over a...more

1/4/2013 - Charter Schools Jurisdiction NLRA NLRB

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