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Feb 03, 2016
New! Aldermen, mental health professionals unveil plan to improve city mental health services

In wake of tragedies, city of Chicago mental health clinics must treat more people in neighborhoods of greatest need by joining managed-care networks.

Feb 03, 2016
New! TPP: A New Low: By Richard Trumka

As a dozen nations gather in New Zealand this week to officially sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), working families in the United States are sounding the alarm on a deal that would lower wages and ship even more jobs overseas.

Jan 26, 2016
New! AFSCME Endorsements: 2016 March Primary

Primaries in March will have a decisive impact on the future of workers' rights in Illinois.

Jan 27, 2016
New! VIDEO: Unions, community want a fair budget and fair contract now!

Watch a compilation of news coverage from the statewide Rallies for Fairness, where thousands of people called on Gov. Rauner to stop holding Illinois hostage to his extreme demands and settle a fair contract for state employees and a fair budget for all.

Jan 14, 2016
New! AFSCME endorses candidates in key primary races

Our state has been plunged into a war over the rights and standard of living of working people. AFSCME endorsed candidates Juliana Stratton (D-Chicago) and Sen. Sam McCann (R-Carlinville) are true champions for all working families.

Jan 27, 2016
New! Lynch in Wall Street Journal: Gov. Rauner is not negotiating in good faith

A Jan. 20 editorial in the Wall Street Journal blamed Illinois state employees for the standoff in contract negotiations with the Rauner Administration. In this letter, AFSCME Council 31 Executive Director Roberta Lynch set the record straight.

Jan 15, 2016
Support for state employees from all corners

Elected officials from across the state and unions representing hundreds of thousands of workers are standing with AFSCME state employees as Rauner tries to terminate contract negotiations.

Jan 27, 2016
AFSCME responds to Gov. Rauner’s State of the State address

“The state employees Governor Rauner is obsessed with attacking keep communities safe, protect kids, care for veterans and more. Like all working people, they deserve affordable health care and wages that sustain a family."

Jan 26, 2016
New! Labor to Rauner: Stop attacking working people, sign a fair budget now

On the eve of the annual State of the State Address, the union coalition Illinois Working Together held a Springfield news conference to urge Governor Rauner to drop his anti-worker agenda and stop holding our state hostage.

Jan 15, 2016
New! AFSCME responds to Rauner administration’s attempt to terminate union contract negotiations

Rauner is wrong to walk away and try to terminate negotiations. Public-service workers who keep us safe, protect kids, respond to emergencies and care for the vulnerable want to serve our communities and reach a fair agreement. But we can’t do it alone.

Jan 05, 2016
Roberta Lynch on Huffington Post: Rauner's 'Turnaround' Is Driving Working People Down

Will our state continue in its death spiral, driven down by Rauner's bizarre patchwork of non-reforming reforms? Or will common sense and basic decency prevail?

Jan 14, 2016
New! Vote by mail in March primary election

Get ready now to vote in the upcoming March 15 Primary Election in Illinois. It’s never been so easy. Voting by mail is an option now available to everyone. Voters can request absentee ballots from their local county clerk or board of elections.

Jan 14, 2016
Scholarships available for AFSCME members and families

Union membership helps workers build a better future for their families, including scholarship opportunities to pursue their education goals. AFSCME Council 31 is now accepting applications through April 15 for its annual Larry Marquardt Scholarship.

Jan 08, 2016
New! Rauner Administration walks away from AFSCME contract negotiations

At the wrap-up of today’s negotiating session between AFSCME Council 31 and the Rauner Administration, the Governor’s representatives said they would refuse to participate in any further bargaining sessions and claimed negotiations are at an impasse.

Jan 05, 2016
New! AFSCME members keep flood waters at bay

In late December, AFSCME members across Southern Illinois worked around the clock to battle record flood waters and protect Illinois residents.

Dec 14, 2015
A win for retirement security

The votes are in! Trudy Williams (AFSCME), John Piechocinski (IEA) and Sharon Thompson (AFSCME retiree) won seats on the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Board of Trustees. Results will be certified December 18.

Dec 11, 2015
Thousands of working families Rally for Fairness across Illinois

Thousands of AFSCME members and retirees, fellow union members, community groups, elected officials and faith leaders joined seven Rallies for Fairness across the state, sending Gov. Rauner a clear message: anti-worker agendas have no place in Illinois.

Dec 07, 2015
New! Chicago kicks off week of statewide rallies for fair contract, fair budget

Some 1,300 union members, their families, community groups and elected officials like U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky joined together in Chicago Dec. 5 to kick off a week of statewide Rallies for Fairness.

Nov 18, 2015
AFSCME battles to protect Chicago pensions at Supreme Court

In a high court hearing Nov. 17, the union and its partners argued that pension cuts affecting city workers and retirees are unconstitutional and should be overturned.

Oct 23, 2015
Despite budget impasse, retirees will continue to receive monthly pension check

State and University Retirees will continue to receive their monthly pension benefit despite an announcement from Comptroller Leslie Munger that Illinois will begin to skip payments to the pension funds due to the ongoing budget impasse.

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