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Nov 7, 2012

Michigan voters poised to reject union rights amendment

By James B. Kelleher

(Reuters) – Michigan voters appeared poised on Wednesday to reject an effort to make collective bargaining a constitutionally protected right in the state, dealing organized labor another setback in a part of the country that once was its stronghold.

With more than half the state’s precincts reporting, the proposed amendment was going down to defeat by a 60-40 margin, according to the Michigan Secretary of State.

Nov 5, 2012

Illinois senator vows January return to Washington after stroke

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Republican Senator Mark Kirk, who suffered a stroke last year, hopes to return to Washington in January, his spokesman said on Monday.

Kirk, 53, won President Barack Obama’s former seat in the U.S. Senate in 2010. He is not up for election this year.

Oct 25, 2012

Appeals court allows Illinois limits on campaign financing

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday that an Illinois law limiting contributions to political campaigns can remain in force at least until the November 6 election.

Passed in 2009, the law imposed a $5,000 limit on contributions from individuals, a $10,000 limit on unions and corporations, and a $50,000 limit on political action committees.

Oct 15, 2012

Massachusetts Senate hopeful Warren leads fundraising race

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic hopeful in a hotly contested Massachusetts race, was the top fundraiser among U.S. Senate candidates in the third quarter with $12.1 million, according to reports from candidates on Monday.

Monday was the deadline for political campaigns to file their fund-raising reports with the Federal Election Commission for the quarter ended September 30.

Oct 4, 2012

Snowy winter ahead for some in the US

By James B. Kelleher and Sam Nelson

(Reuters) – Snow lovers living in the U.S. Northeast and Rocky Mountains are going t o rejoice this winter, according to AccuWeather.com.

The private weather forecasting firm released its long-range winter forecast on Wednesday, highlighting its predictions for temperature and precipitation trends.

Oct 3, 2012

Snowy winter ahead for some in the U.S.: Accuweather

By James B. Kelleher and Sam Nelson

(Reuters) – Snow lovers living in the U.S. Northeast and Rocky Mountains are going to rejoice this winter, according to AccuWeather.com.

The private weather forecasting firm released its long-range winter forecast on Wednesday, highlighting its predictions for temperature and precipitation trends.

Oct 2, 2012

Strike vote due at American Airlines, but result may be secret

Oct 2 (Reuters) – American Airline pilots this week are
expected to authorize their union to call a strike, but the
union says it may decide to keep the vote secret for now.

The airline’s 8,000 pilots have been casting votes on
authorization for a month, escalating a long-running labor
dispute that has already created serious flight delays at the
nation’s No. 3 carrier and a public relations nightmare for its
bankrupt parent, AMR Corp.

Oct 2, 2012

Chicago teachers vote on ratifying deal that ended strike

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago public school teachers began voting on Tuesday on whether to ratify an agreement with Mayor Rahm Emanuel that suspended a strike in the third-largest U.S. school district.

The Chicago Teachers Union has urged its 29,000 members to ratify the proposed contract, which calls for an average 17.6 percent pay raise for teachers over four years and some improvements in benefits.

Oct 2, 2012

Chicago teachers vote whether to ratify deal that ended strike

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago public school teachers vote on Tuesday whether to ratify an agreement with Mayor Rahm Emanuel that ended a strike of more than a week in the nation’s third-largest school district.

The Chicago Teachers Union has urged its 29,000 members to ratify the proposed contract, which calls for an average 17.6 percent pay raise for teachers over four years as well as some benefit improvements.

Sep 19, 2012

Chicago teachers end strike, school to resume Wednesday

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago public school teachers voted on Tuesday to end their strike and resume classes in the third-largest U.S. school district, ending a confrontation with Mayor Rahm Emanuel that focused national attention on struggling urban schools.

Some 800 union delegates representing the 29,000 teachers and support staff in Chicago Public Schools voted overwhelmingly to resume classes on Wednesday after more than two hours of debate.