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.
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.
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.
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.
Governor Rauner is threatening to close the Illinois State Museum in Springfield and all branch sites. Here's how you can say no.
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.
Yard signs reading 'We Support State Workers' are appearing all over Illinois. Here's how to get yours.
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.
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.
The latest push to make steep cuts to the pension benefits of Cook County employees failed in Springfield after an AFSCME lobbying effort.
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.
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.
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.
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.
State employees across Illinois show their unity and commitment to a fair contract in workplace actions on April 30.
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.”
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.
The governor has blocked funding for programs that help some of the state’s most vulnerable residents while signing off on wasteful corporate handouts.
In Chicago, Springfield, the Quad Cities and Joliet, candidates who pledged to stand up for working families prevailed in elections held April 7.
Dozens of union workers and retirees packed a Village Board meeting to let local officials know they oppose weakening union rights in their community.