• Labor united in response to new governor’s attacks

    Labor united in response to new governor’s attacks

    In Springfield, Chicago, Decatur, and the Quad Cities, labor leaders strongly criticized Bruce Rauner’s attempt to blame unions for the state’s economic woes. In Champaign, union members turned out to protest his appearance.

  • Public services, fairness are focus at legislative conference

    Public services, fairness are focus at legislative conference

    Delegates to the AFSCME Council 31 legislative conference set the union's agenda for the coming General Assembly, and heard speeches from Democratic state treasurer Mike Frerichs and Republican state senator Sam McCann.

  • New report shows widening wealth gap

    New report shows widening wealth gap

    With the richest 1 percent in the world close to controlling more wealth than the remaining 99 percent combined, action is needed now to reverse the trend and preserve a strong middle class.

  • Assaults at Logan CC surge amid overcrowding, cutbacks

    Assaults at Logan CC surge amid overcrowding, cutbacks

    AFSCME local union leaders at Logan Correctional Center are challenging a report that significantly downplayed the extent of violence at the facility. They've documented some 400 instances of violence against employees and other inmates.

  • Double whammy: AG challenges rulings on pensions, back pay

    Double whammy: AG challenges rulings on pensions, back pay

    This week the Illinois Attorney General moved forward with two Supreme Court filings, one seeking to defend pension cuts and the other to deny back wages owed state employees.

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