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Earl Boitnott, family and coworkers at Bloomington City Hall
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ISU union workers rally
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UPDATED 10:35 a.m. | The union that represents around 360 Illinois State University building service, dining, and grounds employees has overwhelmingly approved a new contract that took over a year to negotiate.

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Illinois State University union workers are 13 months in without new contracts. An AFSCME staff representative said it’s time for the university to nix its hiring range practice.

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Illinois State University union employees rallied Wednesday to garner support amidst contract negotiations.

The contracts expired last June and negotiations have been ongoing since the fall.

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The U.S. Supreme Court delivered a blow to organized labor Wednesday, ruling that requiring non-union government employees to pay dues infringes on their First Amendment rights.

Illinois' largest public employee union feels it has plenty to complain about. The union known as AFSCME has been fighting for what it says is overdue pay -- going all the way back to 2011.

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The labor union representing Illinois prison guards says assaults on staff are way up, and state officials aren’t doing enough about it.