Local 150 officials are confident a judge will uphold the order.
"This changes nothing," Local 150 spokesman Ed Maher said. "This is a play on semantics. We feel very confident that the decision will be upheld."
Gasser declined to comment and directed questions to his attorney. Hanlon gave $1,000 to Gasser's election campaign in January, according to campaign finance records.
In May, minutes after he was sworn in as highway commissioner, Gasser fired the two sons-in-law of predecessor Robert Miller – Derek Lee and Andrew Rosencrans – and former McHenry County Board member Nick Chirikos. That sparked the labor dispute between Gasser and Local 150. The union reported the firings to the labor board in June.
In August, the labor board issued a complaint against Gasser and the Algonquin Township Highway Department for unfair labor practice.
In a complaint mailed to Hanlon on Aug. 21, the labor board alleged the firings were unlawful and Gasser failed to bargain in good faith after he publicly abandoned the highway department’s contract with the union. The complaint said that the highway department had to respond within 15 days.
The highway department did not respond to the complaint in time, prompting Local 150 attorneys to file a motion for a default judgment. On Sept. 28, Sanceda granted that request. By not responding, the highway department waived its right to a hearing and admitted to the unfair labor allegations, Sanceda said.