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Jun 23, 2017
Rockford school bus drivers block privatization, ratify contract

Bus drivers at Rockford Public Schools District 205, members of AFSCME Local 1275, overwhelmingly voted to ratify a new union contract on May 26, blocking the school board’s privatization scheme.

Jun 01, 2017
New! Fight for fair wages continues, $15 minimum wage bill heads to governor’s desk

General Assembly heads into overtime without final action on bill to raise wages for disability services workers, but bill raising state minimum wage to $15 an hour did pass.

Jun 01, 2017
New! Rauner calls Special Session, still blocking budget

Rauner still holding Illinois hostage to his anti-worker demands, inflicting untold damage on the state.

May 25, 2017
New! Bill setting privatization safeguards goes to Rauner’s desk

Legislation aiming to curb reckless privatization and ensure accountability to taxpayers passed out of the Illinois General Assembly with a Senate vote on May 25. The measure had already passed the House.

May 16, 2017
New corporate tax giveaway despite budget crisis

A recent study shows more than 2/3 of Illinois corporations pay no state income tax. But a move is afoot in Springfield to expand corporate tax breaks. The Center for Tax and Budget Accountability has all the facts.

Apr 12, 2017
University cutbacks spark protest

Union members protest Bruce Rauner’s budget crisis as funding cuts threaten long-term damage to our state’s public higher education.

Apr 11, 2017
Chicago aldermen urge Gov. Rauner to negotiate with state workers

The Chicago City Council overwhelmingly approved a resolution on March 29, calling on Rauner to return to the bargaining table with state workers and their unions.

Apr 04, 2017
Supreme Court denies Rauner request for direct appeal

Illinois high court rejects governor's push to bypass appellate level in state employee impasse case.

Apr 03, 2017
Judge Neil Gorsuch puts profits over people

Newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch will tilt court toward corporations and against working people.

Mar 23, 2017
Awaiting court's decision in state paychecks case

A three-judge appellate panel heard the appeal from the Attorney General to dissolve the court order ensuring state employees are being paid despite the budget standoff.

Mar 16, 2017
Union protests unsafe conditions at Pontiac Correctional Center

AFSCME members at Pontiac Correctional Center spoke out on assaults by inmates, proposing steps to improve safety.

Mar 03, 2017
Appellate court puts labor board impasse decision on hold, Rauner cannot impose terms on state workers

An appellate court granted AFSCME's request to put on hold the labor board decision in contract negotiations between our union and Gov. Rauner. As a result, Governor Rauner cannot impose his terms.

Jan 26, 2017
Despite protest, Rockford Public School Board votes to impose extreme terms on employees

Following in Bruce Rauner’s footsteps, the Rockford Public Schools Board of Education voted to impose its ‘last, best and final’ offer on employees at a board meeting packed with union members pressing to continue negotiations.

Jan 25, 2017
State Contract Info Center

While state employees are working hard every day to serve the people of Illinois, they also worry about their future and that of their families. Get the facts from AFSCME about the fight for a fair state contract.

Feb 14, 2017
Legislators criticize Rauner’s refusal to compromise on AFSCME contract

African-American and Latino state senators and representatives say that Governor Bruce Rauner’s refusal to negotiate with AFSCME threatens disproportionate harm to communities of color.

Feb 10, 2017
State worker faces loss of baby's oxygen tank

Because Illinois Gov. Rauner won't sign a budget, a company tried to repossess the oxygen tank needed by Kenea Williams's infant son.

Feb 09, 2017
Rauner vows to veto state employee pay bill

AFSCME has been working to pass legislation to protect state employee paychecks, but in a video emailed to all state workers, Gov. Rauner threatened to veto that bill.

Feb 02, 2017
AFSCME backs Scherer bill to ensure state employee pay

A bill filed by state Rep. Sue Scherer would ensure that state employee payroll continues, no matter the outcome of a legal challenge to an existing court order.

Jan 17, 2017
Private prison industry puts profits ahead of safety

CoreCivic’s Trousdale Turner Correctional Center is a prime example of what happens when corporations are left unchecked to provide services previously offered by state employees.

Dec 19, 2016
Illinois labor movement supports state employees

Nearly two dozen Illinois union leaders from the private and public sectors sent a letter of support for AFSCME-represented state employees in their struggle for fairness against Governor Rauner.

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