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Construction strike skews Illinois jobless numbers

Illinois lost 20,200 jobs in July, but the numbers look worse than they are because of last month’s construction strike that shut down projects across the state.

The 19-day work stoppage ended around July 20 but not before the Illinois Department of Employment Security took its survey of the labor force. Get the full story »

Chicago Hilton workers to take strike vote

Unionized Hilton workers in Chicago will vote this week on whether to authorize a strike, making them the third group of workers in nine months to hold such a vote in the wake of unsettled contract negotiations between Chicago hotels and the union.

The vote authorizes the union’s negotiating committee to call a strike if it is deemed necessary. In October, Chicago hotel workers voted to authorize a strike at five downtown Starwood hotels affecting 1,500 workers, followed by a vote last month covering 1,600 Hyatt hotel workers, who also agreed to authorize a strike. So far, none have called for a strike. Get the full story »

Deal reached to end construction strike

A tentative deal has been worked out to end the nearly three-week construction strike that idled work on schools, a casino and some 300 road projects, including the resurfacing of the Eisenhower Expressway.

The agreement between the Mid-America Regional Bargaining Association and the Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 was reached after a nine-hour bargaining session Monday. It includes a 3.25 percent increase in wages and benefits for each of the next three years. The hourly wage for construction laborers is $35.20, and for heavy equipment operators about $45.

Construction workers reach 1 deal, strike continues

From Crain’s Chicago Business | Local 150 of the heavy equipment International Union of Operating Engineers has reached a tentative deal for a three-year contract to boost wages and benefits 3.25 percent each year. But major construction projects, including the repaving of the Eisenhower Expressway, remain stalled.

Honeywell locks out workers in Southern Illinois

A southern Illinois plant that makes nuclear fuel has locked out its union workers over a labor dispute. Honeywell spokesman Peter Dalpe says the move Monday night in Metropolis came after no substantial progress was made with United Steelworkers union negotiators earlier that day. The union’s contract expired a week ago. Get the full story »

Boeing workers in St. Louis to vote on strike

Boeing Co. workers at the company’s St. Louis military-aircraft facility will vote today on an amended contract offer, with union leaders recommending members reject the deal. Get the full story »