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

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

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 Because of this new Federal appointment Avakian  has withdrawn from the … Continue reading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

Ex-Detroit Operating Engineer Boss Admits Spending Kickback Money on Daughter’s Wedding, Other Personal Stuff

Found this article on Marathon Pundit: From the Detroit News: The former head of Operating Engineers Local 324 struck a plea deal with federal prosecutors Friday, admitting he forced union workers and officials to pay kickbacks that he blew on booze, … 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

Derek Lee Lands Job at Nunda Township Road District

Bob Miller son-in-law Derek Lee was one of the people that Andrew Gasser fired upon taking the office of Algonquin Township Road Commissioner from Miller. Lee’s father-in-law had sought to protect his job at the Algonquin Township Road District by … Continue reading