AFSCME Council 31 Executive Director Roberta Lynch addressed reporters at a news conference announcing the results of the state employees’ strike authorization vote, which took place from January 30 to February 19, 2017.
In the first-ever strike authorization vote in Illinois state government, an 81 percent majority of AFSCME Council 31 members have voted to give their union bargaining committee the authority to call a strike.
A St. Clair County Circuit Court judge has denied a request by the Illinois Attorney General to dissolve an order previously won by unions representing state employees, ensuring that state workers would continue to get paid on time and in full.
Pension-cutting Senate Bill 11 fails, but Rauner will certainly continue his push to cut public pensions.
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.
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.
Working people face enormous threats in 2017 and beyond. Conference attendees asked the question: How do we work together to prevail against these attacks? The answer: Grassroots organizing in our worksites and communities.
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.
Because Illinois Gov. Rauner won't sign a budget, a company tried to repossess the oxygen tank needed by Kenea Williams's infant son.
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.
After a Delaware corrections sergeant was killed and a staff member injured on Feb. 1, Council 31 director Roberta Lynch said, “This tragedy should remind us all that any attempt to run a corrections system on the cheap will lead to greater human cost."
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.
AFSCME is prepared to return to court in opposition to Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s motion to block payroll for state employees.
Bruce Rauner arrogantly dismissed an unprecedented good-faith effort by the AFSCME Bargaining Committee to forge a compromise in the state employee contract dispute. Now union members are voting on whether to authorize a strike.
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.
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.
AFSCME Bargaining Committee votes to establish new settlement framework for state contract. Rauner responds swiftly, making clear he seeks confrontation, rather than common ground.
In their first three days, the new Republican majority in the U.S. Congress didn’t waste any time in launching a stunning attack on federal government employees—without even the thinnest of rationales.
Rauner is demanding that the Illinois Labor Relations Board require AFSCME to pay $2 million a day while legal action is pending against the governor's push to impose his demands on state employees.
A temporary restraining order issued Dec. 6 will halt the Rauner administration’s attempts to unilaterally impose its contract terms on state employees for now.