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Appeals panel nixes home care workers' class action vs union over unconstitutional forced fee payment

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 13, 2017, 3:34pm

Non-union home care providers who for years had fees, worth an estimated $32 million, illegally and unconstitutionally taken by the state of Illinois and funneled to a union should not be allowed to bring a class action against that union to get their money back, because courts can’t determine how many of those caregivers may have actually supported the union, a federal appeals court has ruled.

Ex-CPS teacher: Board of Ed fired her for publicly criticizing Chicago special ed cuts

Scott Holland Jul. 13, 2017, 3:00pm

A teacher who dramatically criticized special education cuts, by, among other things, presenting Chicago’s mayor with a mock arrest warrant, said Chicago Public Schools improperly fired her in retaliation.

Class action OK'd vs Oakton Community College over decision to no longer hire SURS pensioners

Scott Holland May 19, 2017, 3:45pm

An age discrimination class action against Oakton Community College after the college decided to no longer hire those collecting pensions through the State Universities Retirement System will be allowed to proceed, after a federal judge weighed in on the matter.

Judge: SEIU can keep $20M in unconstitutional fees from daycares because it relied on IL law, precedent

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 21, 2016, 11:38am

Illinois home-based child care providers who refused to join a union designated by the state of Illinois to represent them, yet were compelled by the state for years to pay so-called “fair share” fees to that union to negotiate on their behalf, should not be able to force the union to pay them their money back, even after the state government and union agreed the law that forced them to pay the fair share fees should be considered unconstitutional, a federal judge has ruled.

Judge dismisses 'fair share' fee suit vs state worker unions; SCOTUS deadlock means precedent stands

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 30, 2016, 5:52pm

In the wake of a deadlock at the U.S. Supreme Court, letting stand a federal appeals court’s ruling that public unions can compel workers not represented by unions to pay so-called “fair share” fees in lieu of union dues, a Chicago federal judge has tossed a lawsuit brought by several Illinois state workers, similarly challenging the union’s payroll deductions.