The Mayor’s budget proposal is a boon for Uber, a $50 billion enterprise that doesn’t need another giveaway, but a job-killer for hard-working Chicago cab drivers.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel seeks to outsource 311 services, citing savings of $1 million, but fails to disclose the impact privatization would have on the quality of service provided or on the more than 50 employees who currently serve Chicago’s residents.
Responding to the state's decision to suspend payments to providers in the group health plan, AFSCME and other unions have filed suit seeking an order to ensure that health and dental care will continue to be provided according to the union contract.
As part of his budget maneuvering, Governor Rauner is attempting to close the Illinois State Museum in Springfield and all branch sites. Urge your legislator to pass SB 317 today!
For nearly four years AFSCME has been battling in court—and winning each round—to secure the back pay owed to thousands of state employees. The Illinois Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the dispute on Wednesday, September 23.
This Labor Day we recognize the incredible achievements of America’s working people and celebrate all those who make our country run.
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.
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.
Rauner's campaign of lies and intimidation leads legislators to vote against will of their constituents.
The Rauner Administration informed the union of its intent to lay off 94 AFSCME-represented state employees in DNR, DCEO, IEMA and the ICC. Most of the layoffs result from the Governor's push to close the Illinois State Museum sites.
Clerical and technical employees of the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign delivered hundreds of postcards that called on University President Timothy Killeen to be fair and settle a new union contract.
More than 600 clerical and other employees of Northern Illinois University 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.