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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Miscellaneous

The latest issue of Chief Executive magazine surveyed over 500 CEOs across the country to determine which states were considered most business-friendly from a tax and regulatory perspective and which were the least favored by the business community.  The top four states (Texas, Florida, North Carolina and Tennessee) favorably perceived held the same position as…

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Miscellaneous

Last week, the US Census Bureau issued its annual report on population estimates and trends from July, 2014 to July 2015.  According to the report, the US population increased by 0.79 percent to 321.4 million people (that’s a lot of coffee!). North Dakota (+2.3%) was the fastest-growing state for the fourth consecutive year, while the…

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Minimum Wage Issues Still In News

It seems to be a drumbeat that we’ve been hearing forever, but there were more minimum wage issues of which we took note this week.  Speaking of New York, the Governor Cuomo Wage Board, charged with increasing the minimum wage for fast food workers throughout the state, has yet to issue their final recommendation, but…

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Right To Work Rejected in Illinois, Vetoed in Missouri

The Illinois House last week rejected Right To Work legislation last week on a mostly party line (71 democrats, 1 republican) vote of 72 – 0, with 37 republican members voting present another 4 not voting.  The vote was a defeat for Governor Bruce Rauner, who has championed right to work as a vehicle to…

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At the State Level

As legislative sessions begin to get more involved, we’re seeing more action now in state houses across the country.  The Maine legislature recently hosted a packed public hearing at which they took testimony on a number of different proposals to increase the minimum wage by various amounts.  Negotiations are now underway to find a suitable…

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Chicago’s big boost

Chicago has become the largest city to date to jack up the minimum wage, a move that comes even as efforts to raise the rate across Illinois have bogged down. Workers in the Windy City will earn at least $13 an hour starting in 2019 after Mayor Rahm Emanuel won approval for the boost on…

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