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Judge's Ruling Against EM

One year after East Moline decided to turn over garbage collection to a private company, the plan is still in limbo. The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees union has been blocking the change, and this week an administrative law judge ruled in favor of the union. 

AFSCME spokesman, Miguel Morga, says the union believes, and the administrative law judge agreed, that the city should have negotiated the change with the workers before trying to hire a private contractor. 
The city wanted to make the change to save money, and the four garbage workers would not have lost their jobs - instead they would have been moved to other city positions.

East Moline Mayor John Thodos says the city council will discuss the recent ruling in closed session Monday. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.