When public officials lose their election, things change.
In the case of Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Bob Miller’s loss to McHenry County Board member Andrew Gasser, not only was there a lot of publicity and statewide shock at the Township Officials of Illinois President’s having lost his political base, but there were insecure employees.
The reason is probably that Miller hired them all and they didn’t know what successor Gasser would do.
On March 16, a majority of the employees filed a “Majority Interest” petition with the Illinois Labor Relations Board asking for the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 to represent them.
Such a petition requires a request from a majority of the proposed bargaining unit’s employees.
Local 150 attorney Brian Diemer is listed as the union representative.
Eleven employees–foreman, highway workers, laborers and mechanics–are listed in the bargaining unit.
Ten seem to have signed cards or trying to sign a card; one did not.
Who voted how is a secret.
On April 10th, the Illinois Labor Relations Board certified the bargaining unit.
The only employees who will not be part of the bargaining unit are those, if any, who do not have one of the following job titles:
- highway worker
When asked for a reaction incoming Road Commissioner Gasser said he thought is was inapproprate to comment at this time.