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Feb 16, 2018
New! Rauner Budget Address: More of the Same

Governor Rauner’s proposed 2019 state budget is just more of the same flim-flam that has pushed state government into ever deeper fiscal chaos. The budget is fundamentally unbalanced, propped up by a series of vague and unworkable schemes.

Feb 15, 2018
Action! Union voters critical in March primary

The Illinois Primary Election in March will provide an opportunity to choose candidates best able to carry forward the fight in defense of workers’ rights in the November election. Make your voice heard and VOTE.

Feb 13, 2018
Memorials for Pamela Knight

Pamela Knight, AFSCME Local 448 member and dedicated DCFS child protection investigator, passed away February 8 due to injuries suffered in the line of duty. She was viciously attacked last fall while protecting the welfare of a two-year-old child.

Feb 08, 2018
New! AFSCME testifies on Quincy crisis

AFSCME Local 1787 President Nettie Smith and Council 31 Policy Director Anne Irving testified on behalf of the nearly 350 dedicated AFSCME members at Quincy Veterans’ Home at a February 7 Joint Hearing of the Senate and House Veterans Affairs Committees.

Jan 30, 2018
New! AFSCME members set legislative agenda and electoral strategy

Hundreds of delegates gathered in Springfield on Jan. 27 for the AFSCME PEOPLE Conference to set the union’s 2018 legislative agenda and formulate a plan to elect pro-worker candidates in the March primary and November general elections.

Jan 30, 2018
New! AFSCME Endorsements: 2018 March Primary

The Illinois Primary Election in March will provide an opportunity to choose those candidates best able to carry forward the fight in defense of workers’ rights in the November election. Make your voice heard and VOTE!

Jan 30, 2018
New! Working People’s Day of Action: February 24

In cities across the country, thousands will challenge a system that favors corporations and the wealthy. Join the rally in Chicago to fight back!

Jan 28, 2018
Janus v. AFSCME: The Facts

Get the facts about the lawsuit that aims to take away the freedom of working people to join together in strong unions, Janus v. AFSCME Council 31.

Jan 22, 2018
Amicus Briefs argue Supreme Court should rule for AFSCME in Janus case

Amicus briefs filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 make a compelling argument that the Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling of more than 40 years ago was correct: Fair-share fees are permissible under the First Amendment.

Jan 22, 2018
Action! National Moment of Silence: February 1

To honor the 50th anniversary of the tragic deaths of Echol Cole and Robert Walker that sparked off the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Strike, AFSCME members across the country are joining in a nationwide Moment of Silence on February 1, 2018.

Jan 19, 2018
Paul Booth: In Memoriam

The labor movement lost one of its most dedicated and diligent advocates with the passing of Paul Booth on January 17. More than forty years ago, Paul helped to lay the foundation for the strong and vibrant union that AFSCME Council 31 has become today.

Jan 18, 2018
The REAL IPI: Illinois Policy Institute bashes public employees non-stop

The IPI suddenly claims to be incredibly concerned about the well-being of Illinois workers. But why would an organization that’s been beating up on public workers since its founding now decide to champion their rights? Something doesn’t smell right.

Jan 16, 2018
Union scholarships

Union membership helps workers build a better future for their families. AFSCME members and their families benefit from annual scholarship opportunities to pursue their education goals.

Jan 10, 2018
AFSCME renews push for back pay appropriation

When the Illinois General Assembly comes back into session, AFSCME’s lobbying team will be working to build support for Senate Bill 2269, legislation that would fund the remaining back pay owed to thousands of state employees since 2011.

Jan 10, 2018
Sen. Andy Manar champions back pay bill

Andy Manar, the Democratic State Senator from Macoupin County in central Illinois, is the chief sponsor of Senate Bill 2269—legislation to appropriate funds for back wages owed to state employees since 2011.

Jan 09, 2018
AFSCME welcomes lawmakers’ involvement in Quincy Veterans’ Home crisis

AFSCME submitted written testimony to the Joint Hearing of the Senate and House Veterans Affairs Committees on January 9 regarding the health crisis at Quincy Veterans’ Home.

Jan 02, 2018
Rauner, unchanged

In a recent editorial board interview about why he’s seeking reelection, Bruce Rauner made clear that his overriding goal remains crushing labor unions.

Dec 20, 2017
Republican Tax Bill Passes Congress—Enriches the Already Rich

U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy sums up the GOP tax plan: “Our congressional leaders ... have chosen a massive, permanent gift to the richest corporations—paid for by mothers working double shifts, by low-income students... and by vulnerable Americans."

Dec 19, 2017
Workforce Woes

Chicago Federation of Labor President Jorge Ramirez counters the Chicago Tribune's faulty arguments about Cook County employees and the vital public services they provide to residents in a Dec. 16 letter to the editor.

Dec 18, 2017
Court blocks layoffs of 155 Cook County Circuit Court employees

Due to a lawsuit brought by Cook County Circuit Court Chief Judge Timothy Evans, all layoffs slated for his office are halted—for now.

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