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Sep 02, 2015
New! Override motion of veto of SB 1229, the fair arbitration bill, fails in the House by 3 votes

Rauner's campaign of lies and intimidation leads legislators to vote against will of their constituents.

Aug 04, 2015
New! Rauner threatens 94 layoffs in state government

The Rauner Administration informed the union of its intent to lay off 94 AFSCME-represented state employees in DNR, DCEO, IEMA and the ICC. Most of the layoffs result from the Governor's push to close the Illinois State Museum sites.

Jul 24, 2015
New! Appellate court affirms state employees must be paid

An appellate panel in the state's Fifth District has unanimously upheld a temporary restraining order won by AFSCME and other unions in St. Clair County Circuit Court, enabling state workers to be paid on time and in full even without a state budget.

Jul 26, 2015
New! UIUC employees deliver hundreds of postcards calling for respect and fair pay

Clerical and technical employees of the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign delivered hundreds of postcards to University President Timothy Killeen on July 21. The cards called on President Killeen to be fair and settle a new union contract.

Jul 24, 2015
New! Unions win court ruling that Chicago pension cuts are unconstitutional

The City of Chicago’s pension-cutting Senate Bill 1922 is declared unconstitutional and void in its entirety. "This ruling protects the life savings of city workers. It is a win for all Chicago,” AFSCME Council 31 executive director Roberta Lynch said.

Jun 26, 2015
Action! Save the Hardin County Work Camp!

In yet another act of budget gamesmanship, Governor Rauner announced this month that he will seek to close the Hardin County Work Camp in southern Illinois.

Jun 26, 2015
Action! Stop the Illinois State Museum closures!

Governor Rauner is threatening to close the Illinois State Museum in Springfield and all branch sites. Here's how you can say no.

Jul 23, 2015
New! More NIU employees joining AFSCME

More than 600 clerical and other employees of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb are forming a new union with AFSCME. Some 450 other NIU workers--who provide health care, prepare and serve food, and maintain buildings--are already AFSCME members.

Jun 18, 2015
New! Show your support for state workers!

Yard signs reading 'We Support State Workers' are appearing all over Illinois. Here's how to get yours.

Jun 16, 2015
New! State employee Rally Days build support for public services and a fair contract

Thousands of state employees represented by AFSCME took part in Rally Days, June 9 to 11. Gaining public support and media coverage, they showed their unity, commitment to providing public services, and determination to secure a fair contract.

Jun 04, 2015
New! Rauner threatens facility closures, service cuts for child care and elderly

As part of his effort to pressure legislators into backing his anti-worker agenda, Gov. Rauner has announced his intention to close DOC/DJJ facilities and state museums and make cuts to programs that help seniors and working families.

Jun 03, 2015
Latest attempt to cut Cook County pensions fails

The latest push to make steep cuts to the pension benefits of Cook County employees failed in Springfield after an AFSCME lobbying effort.

May 29, 2015
Back pay bill passes Senate – but another vote needed

The Senate and House have both passed a supplemental appropriation bill to pay all remaining back wages owed to state employees. However, further action in the General Assembly is still needed.

May 20, 2015
Court deals setback to Rauner on fair-share

A federal judge has rejected Gov. Rauner’s lawsuit challenging the right of public employee unions to collect “fair share” fees, but the fight isn't over yet.

May 20, 2015
“Right-to-work for less” flops in Springfield and beyond

Members of AFSCME and other unions have persuaded elected officials to reject Gov. Rauner’s “right-to-work” plan throughout Illinois, including a stinging rebuke in the state House.

May 08, 2015
Supreme Court rules pension cuts are unconstitutional

In an emphatic and unanimous ruling, the Illinois Supreme Court has declared pension-cutting SB 1 unconstitutional and void. Read the ruling and response from the We Are One Illinois union coalition.

Apr 29, 2015
State employees show their unity

State employees across Illinois show their unity and commitment to a fair contract in workplace actions on April 30.

Apr 20, 2015
IEA president: Rauner is on the wrong track

Cinda Klickna, head of the Illinois Education Association, writes that Gov. Bruce Rauner is “is asking communities to commit hurtful acts against their own citizens.”

Apr 11, 2015
Court halts confiscation of “fair-share” fees

AFSCME and other public employee unions will continue to receive the fees while a union-backed challenge to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s executive order is pending.

Apr 10, 2015
Rauner keeps tax breaks for business; cuts autism program, breast cancer screening and more

The governor has blocked funding for programs that help some of the state’s most vulnerable residents while signing off on wasteful corporate handouts.

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