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Jan 30, 2015
New! 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.

Jan 30, 2015
New! Unions ask court to protect retirement security for City of Chicago workers, retirees

Lawyers for AFSCME and three other unions representing City of Chicago workers and retirees have asked a Circuit Court judge to halt implementation of a law that sharply reduces pension benefits in violation of the state constitution.

Jan 25, 2015
New! Public services, fairness and respect for workers 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.

Jan 22, 2015
New! 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.

Jan 13, 2015
Rauner focuses on state budget woes, takes unfair potshot at public employees

Gov. Bruce Rauner's inaugural address identified big challenges facing state government but was marred by an unwarranted potshot at public employees and their unions.

Jan 21, 2015
New! Progressive aldermen call for privatization ordinance

A group of Chicago aldermen has renewed its push to pass an ordinance aimed at bringing transparency and accountability to the process for contracting out city services.

Jan 16, 2015
New! Assaults at Logan CC surge amid overcrowding, cutbacks

AFSCME local union leaders at Logan Correctional Center are challenging a report that significantly downplayed the extent of violence at the facility. They've documented some 400 instances of violence against employees and other inmates.

Jan 14, 2015
New! Double whammy: AG challenges rulings on pensions, back pay

This week the Illinois Attorney General moved forward with two Supreme Court filings, one seeking to defend pension cuts and the other to deny back wages owed state employees.

Jan 14, 2015
Illinois Federation of Labor urges lawmakers to block “right-to-work” (for less)

Big Business is pushing “right-to-work” (for less) laws across the country. Illinois labor says “not in our state!”

Jan 14, 2015
Want to be happy? Join a union!

A new study proves what many union members already know to be true: Being in a union means a big boost in life satisfaction.

Jan 11, 2015
New trade agreement threatens U.S. jobs

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a secretive trade pact now before Congress, would benefit large, multi-national corporations while hurting American workers and consumers.

Jan 09, 2015
New! Honoring local law enforcement

Today is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day – a time to show your support for the officers who put their lives on the line every day to keep our communities safe.

Dec 22, 2014
Illinois fiscal cliff looms

The nonprofit, nonpartisan Center for Tax and Budget Accountability lays out the hard facts: Without action to replace revenue lost when income tax rates fall on Jan. 1, Illinois state government will have $3.64 billion less to spend in fiscal year 2016.

Nov 05, 2014
Rockford Head Start employees rally for fair contract

After six years without a raise, Head Start teachers in Rockford are taking action, demanding that the city agree to a contract that respects the work they do helping low-income families.

Nov 18, 2014
Action! Gather support to reopen Tamms CC!

My Brother’s Keeper, a group supporting Department of Corrections employees and their families, is collecting signatures to urge the General Assembly to reopen Tamms CC.

Dec 04, 2014
Rockford vigil offers support for Rock River employees

Faith and community leaders in Rockford are rallying behind employees of Rock River Academy who have been fired or suspended for backing a union at the community disability agency.

Jan 14, 2015
Union Plus Scholarship applications due Jan. 31

Full-dues paying AFSCME members, members’ children and spouses qualify to apply for the Union Plus scholarship. Award amounts vary from $500 to $4,000.

Nov 19, 2014
AFSCME presses for affordable health care for Chicago retirees

With their insurance premiums set to skyrocket next year, City of Chicago retirees are urging Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City Council to take action and keep health care affordable.

Nov 19, 2014
AFSCME helps Mike Smiddy win re-election

State Rep. Mike Smiddy says the hard work of AFSCME volunteers and support from the union’s PEOPLE program played a key role in allowing him to continue to fight for working families at the state Capitol.

Nov 06, 2014
Remembering Lane Evans

Lane Evans was a champion of organized labor, veterans and all working people. The 12-term former Congressman from Rock Island died Nov. 5.

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