Monthly Archives: June 2008

Golf Outing Foursomes Available

George Grzeca still has several foursomes available for the local’s golf outing scheduled for JULY 24, 2008.  Please call him at 26th Street (x5072) as soon as possible before all the spots are gone.

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The Right to Bear Handguns in Your Home For Self-Defense

The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 Scalia opinion invalidated the hangun ban and trigger lock requirement enacted in Washington D.C.  Read the case by clicking this.  Then discuss.

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He might be unfit, but he’s your client, counsel.

MORE WORK FOR US The Supreme Court of the United States just made more work for us by deciding on 6/19/08, in Indiana v Edwards, 2008 U.S. LEXIS 5031, that a defendant may be fit for trial but not fit to exercise the right to self representation under Faretta v California, 422 U.S.806.  Given that most […]

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Negotiation Survey

By now, all members should have received a one page union negotiation survey that allows you to prioritize issues and provide insight into any issues that the membership feel are important.  Please complete the survey soon and send them to ARLENE FLOREN at CIVIL through interoffice mail.  The deadline is July 8, 2008.   The board will utilize the […]

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The Checks Are In

We received our retro checks today and we will continue to pursue the interest on the delay.  We have been told that our pay increase that is effective after the first full pay period after June 1, 2008 will be reflected in our paychecks that we will recieve on June 27, 2008.

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Batter Up!

Brother Kevin Ochalla has organized our union sponsored softball team again this year.  The first game is at 7:00 pm on Thursday, 6/12/08 at Welles Park (Montrose and Western). Our team is Time Considered Served  and is currently looking for interested players from our ranks. For more information on playing or the schedule, call Kevin at Ext. […]

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5 Years and Counting

  On June 12th, the members of UNITE HERE, Local 1 will be rallying in front of the Congress Hotel to mark the 5th year that they have been on strike.  Yes, 5 years of picketing for what’s right and fair.   Members who were around in 2002 will remember our strike which lasted exaclty one […]

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Florida PD Action on Huge Caseloads

Read here about the caseload problems for Miami public defenders and their plan to stop accepting appointment on new cases: http://www.miamiherald.com/519/story/555857.html.

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75 % Time for Class X Drug Cases

Many prosecutors and judges seem to think that Public Act 095-0134 aka 730 ILCS 5/3-6-3(v), effective 8/13/07, requires that a defendant serve 75% time for Class X Drug cases. Not So!!!  A careful reading of the statute by some of our brothers and sisters and a call to IDOC Legal Counsel by brother David Will reveals that […]

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