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Jul 03, 2014
New! State Supreme Court says retiree health benefits are protected by constitution

The Illinois Supreme Court has issued a forceful decision overturning a lower court’s dismissal of an AFSCME-backed lawsuit challenging cuts to retiree health care benefits. The court found that these benefits are protected by the state constitution.

Jun 30, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court ruling part of broader attack on rights of workers

Home care workers are determined to keep advocating for fair pay and better care, but Harris v. Quinn "made clear the assault on workers' rights will not abate."

Jun 27, 2014
AFSCME Council 31 director Bayer to retire

Henry Bayer has announced his retirement and Roberta Lynch has been unanimously elected by the Council 31 executive board to become the union's new executive director.

Jun 25, 2014
New! City of Chicago employees ratify new contract

City of Chicago employees represented by AFSCME overwhelmingly ratified a five-year contract that includes fair wages and protections against privatization.

Jun 19, 2014
New! City of Chicago tentative agreement reached

After two years at the negotiating table, the City of Chicago AFSCME Bargaining Committee reached a tentative agreement with the Emanuel Administration on the evening of June 18. Ratification meetings will be held on Tuesday, June 24.

Jun 11, 2014
Cook County employees picket for a fair contract

At more than a dozen worksites, Cook County employees held informational pickets to demand a contract with fair wage increases and affordable health care costs.

Jun 09, 2014
Mayor Emanuel's pension cuts signed into law; unions will sue

AFSCME and its partners in the We Are One Chicago coalition of unions announced they will sue to overturn Mayor Emanuel's unfair, unconstitutional pension-cutting plan.

Jun 06, 2014
New! Cook County employees to picket for a fair contract

On June 10, Cook County AFSCME members will hold informational pickets at more than a dozen worksites to demand a fair contract settlement.

Jun 02, 2014
State budget cuts devastating for community disability workers

The FY 15 budget adopted by state lawmakers wipes out Governor Quinn’s proposed $1/hour increase for low-wage disability support workers in community agencies.

Jun 02, 2014
Layoffs, closures loom under FY 15 budget

After failing to extend income tax rates that would have funded the state’s needs, the General Assembly passed a budget that could force devastating cuts to vital services and jobs.

Jun 02, 2014
Cook County pension cuts blocked

Advocacy by AFSCME members helped stop Toni Preckwinkle’s push to sharply cut Cook County pensions. Now the county should work with AFSCME and other unions toward a fair, constitutional pension funding plan.

May 23, 2014
Rauner’s “secret plan” for Illinois

What’s Bruce Rauner’s agenda if he becomes governor? Beyond attacking public employees and destroying their unions, it’s pretty hard to tell.

May 16, 2014
Bond rating firms knock down AG’s claim

Two major bond rating agencies said that staying the implementation of the new pension law would have no effect on the state’s finances, refuting a claim by Attorney General Lisa Madigan that it would “hurt taxpayers.”

May 14, 2014
New! Judge grants union coalition’s motion for stay of pension law

A Sangamon County Circuit Court judge granted the request of the We Are One Illinois union coalition to delay implementation of the law that would cut pensions for active and retired SERS, SURS and TRS enrollees.

May 14, 2014
AFSCME member "a hero" in Lake County

When torrential rain caused flooding and a family of five was trapped in their car with waters rising, AFSCME Local 2452 steward Jason Patt jumped into action.

Feb 23, 2014
Top 10 facts about the REAL Bruce Rauner

Billionaire CEO and Illinois governor candidate Bruce Rauner's ads spin his public image, but the facts show Rauner is a dangerous insider who'll stop at nothing to attack workers and gain power for himself.

May 09, 2014
New! Winnebago County employees fight for fair pay

Upset with county management’s failure to offer a fair wage increase in contract negotiations, frontline Winnebago County employees of AFSCME Local 473 demonstrated outside the County Board meeting in Rockford on May 8.

May 08, 2014
Maintain quality 911 dispatching in Bolingbrook!

The Village of Bolingbrook is attempting to outsource 911 dispatching, which could jeopardize the vital services provided to residents.

May 02, 2014
Lawmakers deny voters right to decide on tax fairness

Despite tremendous grassroots pressure, the General Assembly failed to put on the November ballot an amendment that would bring fairness to the state’s tax code and allow it to address its priorities.

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