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Friday, Aug 25, 2023 - Posted by Rich Miller

* From the National Labor Relations Board

Today, the Board issued a decision in Cemex Construction Materials Pacific, LLC announcing a new framework for determining when employers are required to bargain with unions without a representation election. The new framework will both effectuate employees’ right to bargain through representatives of their own choosing and improve the fairness and integrity of Board-conducted elections.

Under the new framework, when a union requests recognition on the basis that a majority of employees in an appropriate bargaining unit have designated the union as their representative, an employer must either recognize and bargain with the union or promptly file an RM petition seeking an election. However, if an employer who seeks an election commits any unfair labor practice that would require setting aside the election, the petition will be dismissed, and—rather than re-running the election—the Board will order the employer to recognize and bargain with the union.

Wow. That’s big. The decision is here.


The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced the CDC is reporting all 102 Illinois counties remained at a low level for COVID-19 hospital admissions as of the middle of August, though wastewater surveillance is detecting rising Covid-19 activity. IDPH is continuing to closely watch COVID-19 data and also monitoring other respiratory viruses, particularly flu and RSV, ahead of the fall and winter seasons.

“Although hospitalization rates and deaths from COVID-19 remain low, it is important for our residents to know that we are seeing rising COVID-19 activity across Illinois,” said IDPH Director Dr. Sameer Vohra. “We are fortunate the vast majority of Illinoisians have received immunity from a COVID-19 vaccine or previous infection that protects them against severe disease. However, COVID-19 continues to pose a risk for our seniors, individuals with chronic medical conditions, and those who are immunocompromised. IDPH is closely monitoring COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths, emerging variants, and a broad range of respiratory illnesses including flu and RSV. As we approach the fall, our residents will have access to a number of tools, including updated shots and treatments, that can help us avoid another ‘tripledemic.’ Please contact your primary care provider to learn about the options available to protect you and your loved ones this upcoming respiratory season.”

Director Vohra said that the Illinois Wastewater Surveillance System is indicating moderate COVID activity across all sampling regions in Illinois. The system is designed to monitor for levels of COVID-19, flu and RSV viruses in wastewater at 79 locations across Illinois. Flu and RSV activity remain low in the wastewater across all regions.

* I read this report and thought the same. A rarity…

* Press release…

Illinois Railroad Association President Tim Butler was elected Vice Chair of the Illinois High-Speed Rail Commission during the commission’s meeting on Thursday, August 24, 2023. As Vice Chair, Butler will work with Chair Jim Derwinski of Metra and all members of the commission to craft a plan for the future of high-speed rail in Illinois.

“We are blessed to be the only state with all six Class 1 freight railroads,” said Butler. “If we are going to move forward with true high-speed rail in Illinois, our freight railroads are going to be vital partners in this effort. That is why I put my name forward for Vice Chair. Working with Chair Derwinksi, we have representatives of the commuter/passenger rail perspective and the freight rail perspective to help do the work of this commission.

* On to politics. Rep. Mike Coffey (R-Springfield) has a primary opponent. From Kelvin Coburn

I am thrilled to announce my candidacy for the position of Illinois State Representative for the 95th Congressional District. With a deep commitment to our community and a passion for positive change, I am excited to put forth my experience and dedication to serve the people of this district.

Having lived and worked here for many years, I understand the unique challenges and opportunities that our community faces. From education and healthcare to job creation and protecting our Second Amendment rights, I am committed to working tirelessly to address these issues and ensure a brighter future for all.

Throughout my career, I have demonstrated a strong track record of collaborative leadership, effective problem-solving, and a willingness to listen to the concerns of constituents. As your State Representative, I will champion policies that promote collaboration with constituents, economic growth, sustainable development, constitutional rights and term limits.

* CD7…

The Center for Racial and Gender Equity (CRGE) has declared strong support for Kina Collins as she runs to represent IL’s 7th Congressional district.

“It is with great enthusiasm, the Center for Racial and Gender Equity announces that we are all in for Kina Collins! We are looking forward to giving Kina our full support in both the primary and general election in 2024.”

The CRGE runs a Black civic engagement program that reaches more than one million voters across Illinois and Wisconsin in an election cycle. The organization builds power by engaging Black voters and empowering Black women’s leadership to advance a legislative agenda and candidates that explicitly support Black women’s liberation.

* Texas…

* Dude was already a little godzilla, so I suppose it won’t hurt him /s…

* Isabel’s roundup…


  1. - 47th Ward - Friday, Aug 25, 23 @ 2:07 pm:

    ===Rep. Mike Coffee (R-Springfield)===

    I’m pretty sure it’s COFFEY. And I bet he gets that a lot.

  2. - Donnie Elgin - Friday, Aug 25, 23 @ 2:16 pm:

    “Midwest Interstate Trail”

    Thelen Sand/Gravel will provide land for the trail. Love PPP.

  3. - DuPage Saint - Friday, Aug 25, 23 @ 2:36 pm:

    Rham should bring some Asia Carp or Copi or whatever it is called now

  4. - mrp - Friday, Aug 25, 23 @ 2:37 pm:

    “U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel will visit Fukushima Prefecture later this month, where he plans to eat fish from the area to show support for Tokyo’s decision to release treated radioactive water into the sea.”

    Ezekiel might say his brother only has 12 years left anyways so..

  5. - Norseman - Friday, Aug 25, 23 @ 2:41 pm:

    Kelvin Coburn has a very generic press release, but his website shows the MAGA fever is high with this one.

  6. - Donnie Elgin - Friday, Aug 25, 23 @ 2:43 pm:

    “Rahm Emanuel will visit Fukushima Prefecture later this month…eat fish from the area.

    Rahm can stock up on gift fish

    “Things got ugly. So just like a mafia boss from “The Godfather,” Rahm sent his enemy a dead fish, with a card that said, “It’s been awful working” with you.”

  7. - Steve Polite - Friday, Aug 25, 23 @ 3:17 pm:

    Maybe this is pie in the sky, but for high speed rail to actually be high speed get off freight rails and use dedicated passenger rail. Along with that, run high speed passenger rail lines along interstate highways with stops along the highways to remove traffic disruption and the need to slow down while traveling through cities/towns.

  8. - Friendly Bob Adams - Friday, Aug 25, 23 @ 3:26 pm:

    No American is more appropriate for the task of consuming Fukushima fish than Rahm Emanuel. One wonders if this is the main reason he was sent to Japan??

  9. - SAP - Friday, Aug 25, 23 @ 3:38 pm:

    ==Illinois State Representative for the 95th Congressional District==

    Where is that?

  10. - 47th Ward - Friday, Aug 25, 23 @ 3:46 pm:

    ===Along with that, run high speed passenger rail lines along interstate highways…===

    And connect them directly to airports so people can make better use of them. No need to fly from Chicago to Minneapolis or Detroit or St. Louis if we had dedicated, Japanese style high speed rail.

  11. - Frida's boss - Friday, Aug 25, 23 @ 3:57 pm:

    That’s big news for Unions. It is extremely rare to ever see an employer not interfere with an election. So now if they do interfere there’s no reelection its automatically a Union shop.
    That’s big

  12. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Aug 25, 23 @ 4:02 pm:

    Proft/Timpone… the name of their phony rag was the name of a former paper that was held in high regard, especially with persons of color.

    They are cashing checks.

    They already won.

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