Category: Retirees

Mar 17, 2017
Rockford-area leaders support striking schools employees, call on board to compromise

Local leaders, elected officials join teachers, parents and students in supporting striking public school employees and call on the school board to change its approach.

Mar 15, 2017
Rockford school employees went on strike

As a result of the Rockford school board’s refusal to negotiate in good faith—instead imposing terms that effectively cut workers’ already low pay—school bus drivers, nutrition service workers and paraprofessionals held a three-day strike.

Mar 06, 2017
AFSCME Endorsements: 2017 Local Elections

Local elections impact workers' rights and livelihoods in communities across Illinois. Be sure to vote and make your voice heard! Election Day is Tuesday, April 4.

Feb 28, 2017
Rauner seeks strikebreakers

“Instead of trying to intimidate workers with illegal threats, Bruce Rauner should simply do his job: Negotiate with state employees toward a compromise that's fair to all.”

Feb 24, 2017
Roberta Lynch announces strike vote results

AFSCME Council 31 Executive Director Roberta Lynch addressed reporters at a news conference announcing the results of the state employees’ strike authorization vote, which took place from January 30 to February 19, 2017.

Feb 08, 2017
Bill cutting university pensions defeated—for now

Pension-cutting Senate Bill 11 fails, but Rauner will certainly continue his push to cut public pensions.

Jan 20, 2017
AFSCME members leave legislative conference ready for challenges ahead

Working people face enormous threats in 2017 and beyond. Conference attendees asked the question: How do we work together to prevail against these attacks? The answer: Grassroots organizing in our worksites and communities.

Jan 30, 2017
Strike authorization vote underway

Bruce Rauner arrogantly dismissed an unprecedented good-faith effort by the AFSCME Bargaining Committee to forge a compromise in the state employee contract dispute. Now union members are voting on whether to authorize a strike.

Nov 22, 2016
Chicago retirees must enroll in other insurance to ensure continued health coverage in 2017

At the end of this year, the City of Chicago intends to terminate its retiree health care coverage. Find out what to do next.

Sep 29, 2016
State workers star in AFSCME campaign urging Rauner to negotiate

Illinois public service workers are featured in new statewide spots that call out Gov. Rauner for refusing to negotiate with state employees who want to find common ground.