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After 10 years, the city and labor unions are preparing for a new round of contract negotiations. What you should know about the process.

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On its website, Graduate Students United says it’s been “working since 2007 to improve the lives of graduate students and gain recognition for the work we do.” (Graduate Students United / Facebook)

Last week, the National Labor Relations Board gave graduate students at private universities the go-ahead to form collective bargaining units. What local students and schools impacted by the ruling have to say.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner has targeted public employee salaries and collective bargaining rights in his first few weeks on the job. How will the Illinois General Assembly respond when he delivers his State of the State speech on Wednesday? We have a preview.

Rauner Sets Up Fight with Unions, Bicycle Safety

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We share what you had to say about Gov. Rauner’s expected push to diminish the influence of unions and bicycle safety in Chicago.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner has proposed "right-to-work zones" that would weaken union control in certain areas. The move is sure to touch off a fight with labor unions, and may need legislative action to become a reality. We'll talk about the governor's ideas about unions, his management style, as well as the new COO and CFO he's appointed.

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A Cook County pension reform bill may be headed to Springfield. County officials say they are nearing a deal to solve the county's pension problem. Will it mean higher property taxes as well? 

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Paris Schutz reports on why some powerful unions are urging Democratic members to cross over and vote Republican in next week’s gubernatorial election. Read an article.

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UIC professors cancel classes and take to the picket lines. Paris Schutz has more on what they hope a strike will accomplish.

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Unions representing city employees announce a coalition to protect pensions called We Are One Chicago. We discuss the details with Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis and AFSCME's Anders Lindall.

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A coalition of public employee unions fight back over efforts to reform the state's drastically underfunded pension system. Paris Schutz has more on what they're looking for.

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Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists talk about no-bid contracts and the impact on unions. And they discuss the latest developments in the case of off-duty Chicago police officer Anthony Abbate’s beating of a Chicago bartender.

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The teachers' strike is over, but the city must now negotiate contracts with police and fire unions. How will the city afford what's coming? Paris Schutz has the story.

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With the state's pension liability at $83 billion, we look at the collapse of pension reform in Springfield and what legislative leaders may be talking about on Wednesday.

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel © 2011 City of Chicago, photo by Brooke Collins

Mayor Rahm Emanuel takes his pension reform plan to Springfield, urging lawmakers to make tough changes regarding city employee pensions. We talk with Chicago's City Treasurer about the proposal.

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The mayor wants to save money by putting fewer firefighters on a truck,  but firefighters say that would compromise safety. Elizabeth Brackett and her panel take up the issue.

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Next year's CTA budget calls for no fare hikes, but does ask for major concessions from transit unions to close a massive budget shortfall. CTA president Forrest Claypool and the head of the transit agency's biggest union debate the issues.