Budget Crisis, But Minimum Wage Clears Hurdle

The state of Illinois is currently mired in a budget crisis of legendary proportions – for almost 2 full years, chaos has ruled. There have been unfunded pension issues, corruption allegations back and forth, the Attorney General sued to stop state worker paychecks, lawsuits between government agencies, furloughs of state employees, Northeastern Illinois and Chicago…

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More Minimum Wage Updates

It seems to be the issue that just won’t go away over the past few years, but there is still more updates on minimum wage hikes across the country. Out west, the Nevada Supreme Court remanded a minimum wage dispute back to the District Court in Las Vegas, but in the same ruling upheld the…

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New Hampshire Kills Right-To-Work Effort

It was a good fight, but in the end, the New Hampshire House of Representatives blocked one of new Governor Chris Sununu’s major priorities when it voted down republican-endorsed Right-to-Work legislation by a vote of 200 – 177. The issue will be dead for the entirety of the Governor’s first 2-year term (New Hampshire &…

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Sugary Drink Taxes Spreading

Illinois and Massachusetts are just the two most recent states that are now considering some kind of new tax on sugary drinks. Illinois Senate Bill 9 would apply a new penny-per-ounce tax on any beverage containing 5 or more grams of sugar that is sold in the state. The tax, which is being viewed as…

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Court Strikes Local Right to Work Law

Well, we now have competing federal court decisions on the question of whether local communities and counties can establish their own right to work laws. This week, the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois struck down a local right-to-work law adopted by the town of Lincolnshire, approximately 30 miles north of Chicago.…

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Labor Wants “Do-over” on Right to Work Challenge

The United Auto Workers and other unions asked the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals last week to rehear their challenge to Hardin County, Kentucky’s right-to-work ordinance. As we reported just two weeks ago, the 6th Circuit upheld the county law and by extension, several others throughout Kentucky (which is the only southern state that has…

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Illinois Nonunion Member Fees Challenged Too

The flip side of the right to work debate is being resurrected in Illinois where two government employees are seeking to appeal a dismissal by the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  The case, Janus v. AFSCME, was originally brought by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner challenging government worker unions for requiring “fair…

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County Complexity

Barrington, Illinois is geographically located in both Cook County and Lake County, so the recent passage of mandatory sick leave and a much higher minimum wage in Cook County posed a sticky dilemma for many of the businesses in Barrington.  The town responded quickly to resolve the issues however by passing an ordinance this week…

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Illinois Governor Implements Merit Plan

In arguably another defeat for big labor, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has begun implementing parts of his proposed merit pay contract for state workers by processing $1000 bonus payments and imposing new rules on overtime.  The payments, which are one-time only, go to employees who’ve missed less than 5% of their assigned work days over…

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