Category: Retirees

Jul 19, 2018
AFSCME members won’t back down

The US Supreme Court’s majority sided with the super-rich in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 on June 27. But AFSCME members know that our freedom to have a strong voice on the job is under assault—and they’re pledging to stick with their union.

Jul 19, 2018
Fighting for fairness at the Village of Schaumburg

Village of Schaumburg employee Norma Higgins had more than 1,000 hours of sick time saved—but she couldn’t use one day to care for her husband who was fighting cancer. That's why AFSCME Local 1919 members won’t quit until they win a fair contract.

Jul 12, 2018
On the Job: Glen Baum, Anderson Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area

I believe in the union strongly. My family has a better life because I have better pay, medical insurance and job security. And I think union jobs make better employees—with a union we have a voice. It’s a win-win for everybody.

Jul 11, 2018
Labor Board orders Rauner to restore steps, make state employees whole

In the latest step forward in AFSCME’s fight for fair pay for state workers, on July 10 the Illinois Labor Relations Board ordered the state to make employees whole, in accordance with the state appellate court’s mandate.

Jul 12, 2018
Made whole with union power

Wrongly accused, AFSCME Local 424 member Jason Klingeman lost his job. With the union's help he was reinstated with back pay and benefits. “If it wasn’t for our union, I wouldn’t be here," he said. "We have an awesome union. I am 1,000 percent pleased.”

Jul 09, 2018
Rauner should fix steps NOW!

The Illinois Labor Relations Board is scheduled to meet tomorrow, July 10, to finalize an order issued in response to a state appellate court ruling that the Rauner Administration acted illegally in freezing state employee step increases in 2015.

Jun 21, 2018
Supreme Court rules against working people

In favor of billionaire CEOs and corporate interests in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, the U.S. Supreme Court holds that fair-share fees in the public sector violate the First Amendment of the Constitution.

Jun 18, 2018
Bruce Rauner hurt Western Illinois University

Bruce Rauner visited a campus of Western Illinois University—where hundreds of AFSCME Local 417 members work—on June 14. He failed to mention the damage he did to the WIU over the last three years.

Jun 13, 2018
Court hears oral arguments in state contract impasse case

The 4th District Appellate Court heard oral arguments on June 13 in AFSCME Council 31’s appeal of the Labor Board’s decision backing Gov. Bruce Rauner’s claim that the parties were at impasse in negotiations between the state of Illinois and AFSCME.

Jun 12, 2018
Labor Board rejects Rauner delay on steps

The state panel of the Illinois Labor Relations Board rejected Rauner's delay tactics on step increases for state employees and said employees must be made whole.