Union Members Demonstrate at Algonquin Township

Local 150 isn’t happy with Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser. Last night a truck with a lighted sign showed up at the Algonquin Township Board meeting. Not only was there a lighted sign, but folks stood on Route 14 … Continue reading

Lake County Judge Orders Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser to Appear in Court re Arbitration with Local 150

For failure to obey a September 20, 2018, Court Order, Algonquin Township Road Commissioner has been order to appear in the Lake County Judge’s Courtroom on December 11th at 2:30. The reason is Gasser’s refusal to take part in arbitration … Continue reading

Illinois Leaks’ Kirk Allen Comments on Local 150 Court Victory

A comment from Illinois Leaks’ Kirk Allen on the court decision in the Operating Engineers Local 150 case: The clock on appeal has yet to begin as there was no FINAL ORDER. In fact, there are no less than 3 … Continue reading

Algonquin Township Highway Department Salaries Under Local 150 Contract

Here are the salaries negotiated by outgoing Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Bob Miller with Local 150 of the Operating Engineers: That was in April, 2017. Three of the employees–Derek Lee, Andrew Rosencrans and Nick Chirikos–were fired as soon at Miller’s … Continue reading

Local 150 Goals in Algonquin Township Road District Case

It’s pretty obvious that Local 150 of the Operating Engineers wants to be recognized by the Algonquin Township Road District, but a February 14, 2018, letter to Andrew Gasser Attorney Robert Hanlon adds detail. The letter was in reply to … Continue reading

Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser Loses Suit to Void Local 150 Contract Signed by Predecessor Bob Miller after His GOP Primary Election Loss

Below is  the August 21, 2018, court order from Lake County Judge Daniel Jasica on Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser’s suit to void the union contract that outgoing Road Commissioner Bob Miller signed after losing the Republican Primary Election. Ed … Continue reading

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

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

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