STLCC Adjunct Professors Vote In Favor Of Unionizing

St. Louis, MO  (KTRS)  St. Louis Community College adjunct faculty now have a voice in their working conditions. Over the weekend, these faculty members voted in favor of joining the Service Employees International Union Local 1. SEIU Local 1 has been working with college and university professors throughout the Midwest on organizing efforts. Over the…

East St. Louis students return to school after strike

( KTRS ) More than 6,000 East St. Louis students are returning to school after a one-month teachers’ strike. District officials and union negotiators struck a tentative deal Friday after a 13-hour bargaining session that lasted until 1:30 a.m. The four-year contract was quickly endorsed by a majority of the roughly 400 striking teachers as…

Insurer denies coverage in Freeburg sex abuse lawsuit

FREEBURG, Ill. (AP) – A southwestern Illinois school district that paid $5.6 million to settle four lawsuits alleging sexual abuse of students by a former superintendent says its insurers are denying coverage for a fifth complaint. The Freeburg district in St. Clair County settled complaints by former elementary students who claimed abuse by Robin Hawkins,…

Caterpillar starts issuing layoff notices in Decatur

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) – Caterpillar Inc. has started laying off Decatur workers. Company spokeswoman Rachel Potts confirmed the employee notifications to The (Decatur) Herald & Review (http://bit.ly/1MAvd7T ), but says the company won’t be releasing the total number by location. In September, the Peoria-based manufacturer announced that it’s planning another round of job cuts that…