UI service workers ratify new contract

URBANA — Food-service and building-service workers voted to ratify a new contract with the University of Illinois on Monday.

Ricky Baldwin, spokesman for Service Employees International Local 73, said more than 90 percent of food-service workers and 96 percent of building-service workers voted to accept the tentative agreement, which was reached last week through federal mediation.

Judge denies request to halt worker pay

BELLEVILLE (AP) — A judge on Thursday denied a request by the Illinois attorney general to stop paying state workers unless lawmakers resolve an ongoing budget impasse.

Boeing vote tells next chapter in Southern unionization

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Nearly 3,000 production workers at Boeing's South Carolina plant are deciding whether they want to unionize, writing the next chapter in efforts to organize labor in large manufacturing plants across the South.

The first round of voting began early Wednesday. A second round was set for Wednesday afternoon to accommodate all employees.

UI's EnterpriseWorks gets 2 grants worth a combined $820,000

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois's startup incubator received two five-year grants to support entrepreneurs and incubators around the state.

UI's EnterpriseWorks received a five-year Economic Adjustment Assistance Grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration for $549,620.

'You can make it'

My daughter, who once had dreams of becoming a ballerina-princess/machine-maker, has a new career list.

After taking a “Career Cruising” survey at school, she was given 10 suggested occupations. They ranged from multimedia developer and website designer to elementary school teacher and corporate trainer.

Corporate trainer? And no science on the list?

Family Checkbook: Ideas for being proactive with personal finance


During times of uncertainty, it can be difficult to know what financial steps to take. How can we make financial plans if we don't have all the information we need? Well, sometimes we just have to move forward with what we do know.

Steady pace in jobs race

CHAMPAIGN — In the Champaign-Urbana metro area, the annual unemployment rate ticked up from 5.2 percent in 2015 to 5.3 percent in 2016, remaining relatively steady.

Top of the Morning, Jan. 28, 2017

No one knows more about WDWS 1400-AM — which turned 80 on Tuesday — than JIM MANLEY, who joined our radio operation in August 1973.

He started by working the 5 a.m.-to-noon shift, clearing teletype that ran all night. He would raise the flag, make the coffee and check the rain gauge.

He has seen — and heard — it all.

Ammons introduces bill to improve conditions for temp workers

SPRINGFIELD — Legislation aimed at improving working conditions for Illinoisans who work in the temporary-jobs industry was introduced Wednesday by state Rep. Carol Ammons, D-Urbana.

Jim Dey: To strike or not? State workers to weigh in

Hear more from Dey Wednesday at 10 on WDWS.

The pot won't start to boil for at least another month, but unionized state employees are escalating their campaign to win a favorable union contract by scheduling a strike=authorization vote.