• AFSCME-backed candidates prevail in local races

    AFSCME-backed candidates prevail in local races

    In Chicago and Springfield, AFSCME helped propel to victory candidates who have pledged to stand with working families and defend union rights.

  • AFSCME responds to governor's State of the State address

    AFSCME responds to governor's State of the State address

    Council 31 Executive Director Roberta Lynch said the union welcomed "recognition of the dangerous conditions in our state’s prisons," but strongly criticized the governor's policies that would drive down wages in the public and private sectors.

  • 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.

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