News
Dec 22, 2014
New! 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.

Dec 16, 2014
New! AFSCME, other unions sue to overturn Chicago pension cuts

A lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court seeks to overturn legislation to drastically reduce the pension benefits of City of Chicago employees and retirees.

Dec 12, 2014
Supreme Court sets schedule for pension case

The Illinois Supreme Court agreed to an accelerated timetable for the state’s appeal of a ruling striking down pension cuts, but the schedule will give lawyers representing public employees adequate time to prepare their case.

Dec 10, 2014
AFSCME remembers Judy Baar Topinka

AFSCME Council 31 mourns the sudden passing of state comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, "a great friend of our union and working people across Illinois."

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.

Dec 04, 2014
General Assembly adjourns without vote on back pay

The General Assembly wrapped up its fall Veto Session without taking action on a supplemental appropriation needed to pay the remainder of the back pay owed to thousands of state workers.

Nov 19, 2014
New! 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.

Nov 06, 2014
AFSCME statement on the election of Bruce Rauner

AFSCME Council 31 responds to the election of Bruce Rauner as governor of Illinois.

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.

Nov 06, 2014
Not all bad news on Election Night

A difficult Election Night had some bright spots, as several candidates who stood with public employees – and enjoyed strong support from AFSCME members – prevailed at the polls.

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.

Oct 28, 2014
Important information about Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment

The Open Enrollment period for State and University retirees on State of Illinois Medicare Advantage plans runs until November 15.

Oct 29, 2014
Action! Chicago retirees battle big health care cuts

City of Chicago Retirees should call their aldermen today and tell them: Retirees can’t afford such big increases in our health costs!

Oct 10, 2014
New! Stephenson County nursing home employees picket for a fair contract

More than a year after forming a union, AFSCME members at Stephenson County Nursing Center held a picket to draw attention to management’s refusal to negotiate a fair contract for workers who care for some of the county’s most vulnerable residents.

Sep 17, 2014
Unions ask Emanuel to win back money lost on “toxic swaps”

AFSCME and other unions have asked Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to take back from Wall Street hundreds of millions of dollars the city has lost due to fraudulent interest rate swaps.

Oct 07, 2014
New! Setback for privatization in East Moline

A strong organizing and lobbying effort by AFSCME members helped persuade the East Moline City Council to reject a bid to privatize garbage services that would have increased fees on residents and put good jobs at risk.

Sep 30, 2014
AFSCME wins appellate court decision on state employee back pay

The union won an Illinois appellate court ruling that frontline state employees are owed the wages spelled out in their union contract, and the legislature's failure to appropriate sufficient funds cannot erase the state's obligation to pay.

Sep 15, 2014
Sen. Elizabeth Warren greets Illinois AFSCME members [VIDEO]

In this video, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren stirringly defends public services, the employees who provide them, our union and the labor movement. The special message from Senator Warren was screened at the Council 31 PEOPLE conference.

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