United Auto Workers members have resoundingly rejected a four-year contract with Fiat Chrysler. Workers at the plant in Belvidere were among the last in the nation to vote on the deal union leaders had worked out with the automaker: like most Fiat Chrysler plants nation-wide, they overwhelmingly vote "no."

65% of the Belvidere plant's 3000 UAW members voted against the proposal. It's considered a rebuke of their union leaders who supported the deal.

Rock Valley College

Rock Valley College faculty members rejected a mediator's proposal that could have ended their strike.  Union members gathered to review the latest five year contract from the school and voted to reject it at a meeting Sunday night at the Unitarian Universalist church in Rockford.. 

The two sides met for 10 hours Friday and were given a plan to consider by a mediator working on the contract dispute.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Update, Friday 6:22 pm: Contract negotiations continue between striking Rock Valley College faculty members and the school's bargaining representative. They've been negotiating all day.

Classes are canceled for a second day at Rock Valley College because of a faculty strike. Now the college’s president is making a plea for them to return to work.

Rock Valley College Teachers Begin Strike

Sep 16, 2015
Rock Valley College

Rock Valley College faculty members went on strike today after negotiators for the college declared an impasse Tuesday night without responding to the faculty association’s latest proposal on a five-year wage increase plan.

Following a meeting to plan specific strategy, faculty members started picketing at all three entrances of the college.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

During a closed meeting Thursday, members of the Kishwaukee College Education Association (KCEA) overwhelmingly voted for a work stoppage to begin on Wednesday, January 21st. 

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Spring semester starts today for Kishwaukee College students. And it appears a teacher strike is less likely, after last night’s negotiations between the union and administrators. 

Dixon Athletics

Teachers in Dixon plan to strike Thursday.  In an open letter to the community, the Dixon Education Association says unresolved issues include continued salary freezes and staffing shortages.

Strike Ends In Carpentersville School District

Dec 5, 2012

A teachers strike in a northern Illinois school district is over. More than 20,000 students in District 300 will be back in class Wednesday. That's after teachers and the school district reached a tentative agreement, ending the one-day walkout.

Rockford Teachers Vote to Strike

Mar 26, 2012

Members of the Rockford Education Association voted Monday night to go on strike Thursday, March 29th unless there is a contract agreement before then.