News
Apr 14, 2014
Thank you, library workers!

AFSCME represents library employees across Illinois who make libraries work for everyone. We honor them on National Library Workers Day -- Tuesday, April 15.

Feb 16, 2014
Action! Down to the wire for tax fairness

Legislators have only a few more days to put on the ballot a constitutional amendment that would make sure the rich and big corporations pay their fair share so we can fund our state's top priorities. Call your lawmakers today!

Apr 10, 2014
Pension cuts will hurt Chicago employees, retirees

The union is getting the message out in the media. Read executive director Henry Bayer's Huffington Post blog and watch AFSCME retirees tell their stories via TV news at this link.

Feb 14, 2014
Pay justice fight ramps up

In the legislature and the courts, AFSCME is continuing to fight for thousands of state employees who have not received back wages owed as a result of pay increases withheld in FY 2011 and 2012.

Apr 09, 2014
Action! Urge Gov. Quinn to veto Chicago pension bill

State legislators passed legislation that will slash the modest pension benefits of City of Chicago employees and retirees by as much as 30 percent. Call Governor Quinn now and tell him to veto the bill!

Apr 02, 2014
New! AFSCME members join call to raise minimum wage

The “Give America a Raise” bus tour hit Springfield on Tuesday and AFSCME members were there to greet it and back the campaign to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

Mar 27, 2014
Budget choice for lawmakers: Stable revenue or terrible cuts

Gov. Quinn's recommended budget has mostly good news for AFSCME members and the public services we provide. But it can only be passed if legislators also maintain stable state tax revenues.

Apr 02, 2014
Union activism protects IMRF pensions

An outpouring of strong opposition has halted a bill that would have hurt the ability of IMRF pension recipients to keep up with inflation in retirement.

Apr 03, 2014
Remembering AFSCME Local 3494 president Anna Beck

We honor the life of a union activist who led a remarkably brave and determined group of workers standing up for their rights against a viciously anti-union employer, Heartland Human Services in Effingham, IL.

Mar 20, 2014
2014 primary: Union efforts hold Rauner to narrow win

Billionaire Bruce Rauner barely survived the GOP primary for governor as union members came together to reject his anti-worker attacks. Meanwhile AFSCME-backed candidates won important races for seats in Congress, the General Assembly and county boards.

Mar 11, 2014
Rauner vows to cut public employee pay

A Chicago Tribune article lays bare the Bruce Rauner agenda: Lower pay for public employees and attacks on their retirement security.

Mar 03, 2014
New! Pension case will be heard in Sangamon County

The Illinois Supreme Court, accepting the arguments of the We Are One Illinois union coalition, consolidated four lawsuits against the “pension theft” law and ordered the case to be heard in Sangamon County.

Jan 18, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court case could cripple public employee unions

In the coming months, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide on Harris v Quinn, a case that could have enormous implications for the future of public employee unions.

Mar 02, 2014
Privatization pays off for millionaire CEOs

A new report shows that the biggest waste of taxpayer dollars might be the millions that are paid to corporate CEOs whose companies take over public services and then fail to deliver.

Feb 23, 2014
New! Top 10 facts about the REAL Bruce Rauner

Billionaire CEO and Illinois governor candidate Bruce Rauner's ads spin his public image, but the facts show Rauner is a dangerous insider who'll stop at nothing to attack workers and gain power for himself.

Feb 17, 2014
Fighting on for Murray Center

The campaign to save Murray Developmental Center in Centralia continues in the wake of a three-day hearing last month where the Murray Parents Association, with strong support from AFSCME, argued forcefully for keeping the facility open.

Jan 28, 2014
New! Unions file suit to overturn new law that cuts pension benefits

Seeking to overturn pension-slashing Senate Bill 1, AFSCME Council 31 and our partners in the We Are One Illinois union coalition filed suit today—Tuesday, Jan. 28—in Sangamon County Circuit Court in Springfield.

Jan 27, 2014
Action! Support the fight for fair trade

Labor unions and their allies are banding together to prevent the “fast-tracking” of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade agreement that could be even worse than NAFTA in its effects on jobs and wages.

Dec 18, 2013
Arbitrator's order will end wasteful outsourcing, return Medicaid oversight to state government

An arbitrator's order will end state government's wasteful $77 million contract with a private corporation, Maximus, that duplicated Medicaid eligibility redetermination work performed by state employees.

Oct 07, 2013
Action! Show your support for the Care Campaign

Direct support workers are fighting for fair wages to lift themselves out of poverty. Let them know you stand with them!

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