Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is giving labor leaders a choice: agree to work-rule changes or face 625 layoffs. Emanuel says that's the decision on the table as he works to deal with the city's budget crisis. The Democrat says he's identified 625 jobs to cut, but he says that won't be necessa
A controversial collective bargaining law goes into effect Wednesday in Wisconsin after months of protests and debate.The new state law that brought thousands of demonstrators to the state Capitol cuts pay for public employees by about eight percent.
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn wants labor groups and legislators to come together to form new labor rules for Chicago's McCormick Place."I intend to bring folks together from all these different sectors and we'll just hash out a law that will survive any kind of legal scrutiny," he said.
Chicago’s new Board of Education will convene for the first time Wednesday to address a hot topic: whether the district can afford $100 million in raises scheduled for unionized employees.Less than four years ago, it was Chicago Public Schools that pushed the Chicago Teachers Union for an agreement
Indiana lawmakers are scheduled to begin public hearings on a new state budget Monday. But Democrats continue to boycott budget talks and remain in Illinois.Indiana Republicans are beginning the process of working around the boycotting Democrats. State senators are holding public hearings Monday.
As legislative fights over the rights and benefits of public sector employees continue in Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana, some are calling this a watershed moment for Big Labor. Historically, the Great Lakes states have been a bedrock of the labor movement - going all the way back to the labor st
With many cities and states across the nation facing serious budget deficits and pension crises, Atlanta stands out as an exception to the rule. Since taking office 13 months ago, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has balanced the city's budget, hired more police officers, restructured city services, a