International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 News

Judge: Union doesn't get to force IL public worker retirement funds to factor politics into investment decisions

By Jonathan Bilyk | Mar 21, 2019

A federal judge has rejected the attempt by a union to win a court order requiring a pension fund for Illinois local governmental workers to take the political views of companies into consideration when investing public pension funds, as the judge said the Illinois Municipal Retirement Funds’ current practices don’t violate the First Amendment rights of union members.

Union lawsuit claiming right to not represent non-union members could upset public labor relations: Attorney

By John Breslin | Mar 7, 2019

A labor union has won the right to move forward with a unique challenge that emerged in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year on whether non-union workers should pay fair share fees for representation. If it succeeds, the lawsuit could upset management-labor relations for government employers, a labor lawyer says.

Two IL labor unions partner to sue opioid makers, distributors, promoters; Edelson firm to represent

By Jonathan Bilyk | Feb 7, 2019

Two unions have added their names to the long and growing list of organizations suing the makers and distributors of opioid painkillers.

Judge: Labor union can continue suit vs state over law requiring unions to rep non-union workers

By Jonathan Bilyk | Feb 6, 2019

A labor union will be allowed to continue to press its claims a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling should mean it and other labor unions cannot be forced under state law to represent non-union state workers who choose not to pay union fees.

Judge nixes bid to undo ruling tossing union suit over Lincolnshire dues to 'private' IL Municipal League

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 24, 2019

A federal judge has refused unions’ request to reconsider his decision to toss their lawsuit, arguing a Supreme Court decision allowing non-union workers to stop paying compulsory fees to unions should also be read to prohibit local governments from using taxes to fund organizations which lobby in favor of policies opposed by labor unions.

Unions ask judge to give new shot to sue over dues paid by Lincolnshire to 'private' IML for lobbying

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 9, 2019

Two unions have asked a federal judge to reconsider his decision tossing their attempt to force the village of Lincolnshire to stop paying dues to the Illinois Municipal League because the association of Illinois cities and villages lobbies in favor of policies union members may oppose.

Union suit nixed vs Lincolnshire over dues paid for 'anti-union' lobbying; ballot box remains open: Judge

By Scott Holland | Dec 7, 2018

A federal judge has rejected an attempt by unions to force the village of Lincolnshire to stop paying dues to the Illinois Municipal League because the association of Illinois cities and villages lobbies in favor of policies union members may oppose.

Judge: IL A/G's pro-union statements don't disqualify her from defending vs union lawsuit over fees

By Scott Holland | Nov 14, 2018

A federal judge has determined a state employee — notable for his public anti-union stances — can’t intervene on behalf of the state in a lawsuit it faces from a union leader asking courts to declare unions aren’t obligated to represent employees who refuse to pay membership dues.

Anti-union IL state worker asks judge to let him defend state vs union attempt to 'discriminate' vs non-union workers

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 13, 2018

Saying Illinois’ attorney general’s defense is “inadequate” and is “bordering on malpractice,” an Illinois state employee who factored in the court action that led to the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to strike down rules requiring non-union workers to pay fees to unions has again jumped into a federal court action, this time asking a judge to allow his legal team to defend the state against a union’s attempt to secure a court order striking down labor laws requiring them to represent all workers in a collective bargaining unit.

Lincolnshire: Taxes different from union dues; asks judge to toss union suit over 'anti-union' lobbying funds

By Jonathan Bilyk | Aug 3, 2018

Saying governments are different from labor unions and other private organizations, a north suburban village and an organization that lobbies on behalf of Illinois city and village governments has asked a federal judge to dismiss a union-backed lawsuit asserting the rights of union members are violated by local governments which use tax money to fund lobbyists to seek reforms opposed by unions.

Post-Janus Landscape: Decision will impact union coffers, membership; more litigation on its way, say lawyers

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jul 2, 2018

In the wake of the U.S Supreme Court’s landmark decision to declare unconstitutional forced union fees, the legal and political landscape will undoubtedly change. But precisely what will change, and how and when those changes will roll out, remains anybody’s guess.

Union lawsuit: If union can't force non-union workers to pay, also can't be forced to represent them

By Jonathan Bilyk | Feb 23, 2018

In advance of what they expect to be a stinging defeat for labor unions at the U.S. Supreme Court, a prominent Illinois union has countered with a suit of its own, claiming, if the court finds unions can be barred from forcing non-union workers to pay fees to the union for collective bargaining, so, too, the unions can’t be forced to include those workers in the deals they cut with government officials.

Union member sues Lincolnshire, says village can't support group that lobbied for Rauner reform agenda

By Jonathan Bilyk | Feb 22, 2018

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepared to hear arguments on the question of whether state rules requiring non-union workers pay fees to unions violate the Constitution, a union member in suburban Lincolnshire has sued his village government, demanding the court declare the rights of union members have been similarly violated by local governments which use taxpayer money to fund lobbyists to seek reforms opposed by unions.

Cities, counties can't enact right-to-work laws, judge says; Lincolnshire ordinance tossed

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 9, 2017

Cities, villages and counties don’t have the authority under federal law to impose local right-to-work rules on employers, workers and unions, a Chicago federal judge has said, tossing out a right-to-work ordinance enacted by the village of Lincolnshire in 2015.

Chicago wrong place for union lawyer's libel suit over right-to-work group's Indiana high court article

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 20, 2016

A Chicago federal judge has tossed a union lawyer’s defamation lawsuit against a leading anti-union advocacy organization, saying the facts of the case – which centers on the veracity of the lawyer’s statements to the Indiana Supreme Court during a court fight over the constitutionality of Indiana’s Right to Work law  - indicate the defamation suit should not have been filed in Illinois.

Union lawyer sues NILRR over 'defamatory' article published amid Indiana Right to Work court fight

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 15, 2015

A union lawyer who helped lead the litigation against Indiana’s Right to Work law has sued a leading anti-union advocacy organization, claiming the National Institute for Labor Relations Research should be made to pay for saying the lawyer “flat-out lied” while representing the labor unions opposed to the law before the Indiana Supreme Court in 2014.

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