McHenry County’s Union Employee Pay Almost $289,000 in Dues Each Year

McHenry County has unionized employees in four unions: Service Employees International Union (Valley Hi Nursing Home) Fraternal Order of Police (Sheriff’s Department) Local 150 of the Operating Engineers (Highway Department) Metropolitan Alliance of Police (MAP – Circuit Clerk’s Office) 580 … Continue reading

Village of Algonquin Union Dues Situation

The Village of Algonquin has eighty-eight union employees. Their union and numbers of individuals follow: Metropolitan Alliance of Police, Chapter 78 – 38 members Metropolitan Alliance of Police Algonquin Civilians, Chapter 183 – 6 members International Union of Operating Engineers, … Continue reading

Almost $66,000 Flows from Woodstock Employees into Coffers of Police and Public Works Unions

$65,888.77 went from tax dollars in 2017 to the two unions representing Woodstock Police and Public Works unions. Below you see two types of 2017 payments from employees of the Public Works Department. One category is administrative; the other membership. … Continue reading

McHenry County Government’s Union Employees Statistics

With the United States Supreme Court having rules that public employees don’t have to pay union dues, McHenry County Blog is looking at the potential impact on local governments, including school districts. Here is the information for McHenry County: Description … Continue reading

Local 150 Does Not Have Stellar Day in Court in Gasser Case

It’s not a big secret that Local 150 of the Operating Engineers considers legitimizing its union contract with the Algonquin Township Road District as an important goal. The deployment of manpower and blow-up rats before and during Algonquin Township Board … Continue reading

Edgar County Watchdogs Take Issue With The Northwest Herald and Ed Komenda

Reprinted with permission from the Edgar County Watchdogs.  The deeper they dig the more interesting this story becomes. Algonquin Township Road District – Unionization had nothing to do with Rabine Group – Ed Komenda missed the facts, Editors failed the … Continue reading

5-Year Contracts

On May 11, 2018, the Northwest Herald Editorial Board wrote that school administrators should not be given five-year contracts. An excellent position since school board members have four-year terms. The same situation exists with the five year agreement that former … Continue reading

U.S Secretary of Labor Names Andrew Gasser’s Attorney Associate Deputy Secretary of Labor

Michael Avakian, one of Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser’s attorneys has been named by U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Alexandra Acosta to be Associate Deputy Secretary of Labor. Because of this new Federal appointment Avakian  has withdrawn from the … Continue reading

Local 150 Turns Down Negotiation Request from Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser

On February, Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser attorney Robert Hanlon sent an email to Local 150 of the Operating Engineers asking if the union was entering into contract negotiations. It was a short message to Bryan P. Diemer with … Continue reading

Edgar County Watchdogs Provide Legal Clarity

The following article is reprinted with permission from the author. The ECWd clarify discrepancies in the Northwest Herald article printed yesterday http://www.nwherald.com/2018/01/23/algonquin-township-highway-commissioner-andrew-gasser-wins-round-in-labor-dispute/ab2gl2v/ Algonquin Township – State Labor Relations Board rejects Administrative Law Judge recommendations McHenry Co. (ECWd) – When it … Continue reading

Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser’s Amended Complaint Against Local 150

Here is the motion filed by Attorney Robert Hanlon on behalf of Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser: AMENDED COUNTER-CLAIM FOR PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION, PERMANENT INJUNCTION ENJOINING LOCAL 150 FROM UNDERTAKING ANY STEPS TO ENFORCE THE PURPORTED COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT AND … Continue reading

Reason to Check Back This Weekend

I’ve obtained the December 7th filling of Attorney Robert Hanlon on behalf of Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser. Since this is a case of first impression, that is, the issue has not come before the Illinois Supreme Court before, … Continue reading

Attorney Robert Hanlon Reveals He Bills Algonquin Township Only for Local 150 Union Case

Robert Hanlon, attorney for Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser, has written a letter to Gasser explaining that he has not billed for work in the case of Gasser v. Lukasik, Miller and Miller. He is billing for the challenge … Continue reading

For Those Who Think the Bob Miller 5-Year Contract with Local 150 Is Too Long

One of the arguments that Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser is making in his fight against imposition of the 5-year labor agreement that his predecessor and man he beat in the GOP Primary Election, Bob Miller, is that it … Continue reading

Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser Rebuts Local 150 Arguments

Last week, Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser replied to the latest court filing by Local 150 of the Operating Engineers effort seeking to enforce the 5-year contract that Bob Miller, the man Gasser beat, signed just before going out … Continue reading

Judge Michael Caldwell Recuses Himself Local 150-Andrew Gasser Case

Judge Michael Caldwell heard arguments from Local 150 of the Operating Engineers and Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser’s attorney Robert Hanlon today and basically decided to let things ride until later this month. Judge Caldwell was being asked to … Continue reading

Algonquin Township Board Allows Andrew Gasser to Transfer $70,500 to Legal Fees

$70,500 of Algonquin Township Road District funds were transferred to legal services in three different funds on Wednesday night. The action came at the end of Algonquin Township’s Board meeting. The Local 150 members and supporters who brought three inflated … Continue reading