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 Because of this new Federal appointment Avakian  has withdrawn from the … Continue reading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

Andrew Gasser Responds to FOIA Lawsuit from Local 150 of the Operating Engineers

Yesterday, McHenry County Blog reported on the Freedom of Information denial suit against the Algonquin Township Road District. Today, we’ll look at the response penned by Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser’s attorney Robert Hanlon. It asks for a temporary restraining order … Continue reading

Local 150 Files FOIA Suit Against Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser

The first judicial shot in the conflict between Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers and newly-elected Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser was fired June 23rd. The court filing does not mention Gasser by name in its … Continue reading

Local 150 Union Supporters Pack Algonquin Township Meeting

Members and supporters of Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers filled the Algonquin Township Board meeting room Wednesday night. Those attending and driving past the township building on Route 14 could not help but notice that they … Continue reading

Local 150’s “Collective Bargaining Agreement” with Algonquin Township’s Road District Pages 27-31

Thought readers might be interested in the “Collective Bargaining Agreement” that outgoing Algonquin Township Road Commissioner signed with Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers. I’ll run a couple of pages a day. The comments should be interesting. … Continue reading

Local 150’s “Collective Bargaining Agreement” with Algonquin Township’s Road District Pages 25-27

Thought readers might be interested in the “Collective Bargaining Agreement” that outgoing Algonquin Township Road Commissioner signed with Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers. I’ll run a couple of pages a day. The comments should be interesting. … Continue reading

Local 150’s “Collective Bargaining Agreement” with Algonquin Township’s Road District Pages 22-24

Thought readers might be interested in the “Collective Bargaining Agreement” that outgoing Algonquin Township Road Commissioner signed with Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers. I’ll run a couple of pages a day. The comments should be interesting. … Continue reading

Local 150’s “Collective Bargaining Agreement” with Algonquin Township’s Road District Pages 19-21

Thought readers might be interested in the “Collective Bargaining Agreement” that outgoing Algonquin Township Road Commissioner signed with Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers. I’ll run a couple of pages a day. The comments should be interesting. … Continue reading