AFSCME Council 31 joins labor, community and religious allies from across Illinois in a massive Springfield march and rally against Bruce Rauner’s demolition politics on Wednesday, May 18.
Due to a $2.1 million shortfall caused by the state budget crisis, the Will County Health Department announced a layoff of more than 50 employees, affecting a wide range of vital services on which citizens depend.
Read Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois President Pat Devaney’s response to the Chicago Tribune’s anti-union editorial in an unpublished letter to the publication’s editor.
The Illinois Labor Relations Board hearing on whether or not contract negotiations between 38,000 AFSCME-represented state employees and the Rauner Administration are truly at impasse began on Monday, April 25 in Springfield.
AFSCME Council 31 is proud to partner with Illinois Working Together, a diverse coalition of labor organizations committed to fighting back against Bruce Rauner’s attacks on working families and to protecting the vital services all Illinoisans rely on.
AFSCME members from across the state joined a massive rally in Springfield on April 20. Participants rallied and marched to urge legislators and the governor to find a funding solution for Illinois colleges and universities.
AFSCME secures back pay for state employees in legislation approved by General Assembly after the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that back wages owed for five years are not due without a legislative appropriation.
The Illinois Supreme Court reversed lower court decisions regarding state employees' back wages, ruling that back pay is not owed without a legislative appropriation. AFSCME is now focused on securing the monies owed in the General Assembly.
The Illinois Monetary Award Program provides 125,000 students with the opportunity to go to college. Gov. Rauner vetoed the MAP bill, once again jeopardizing many students’ college careers. Legislators will vote soon on whether to override that veto.
In a packed high school gym, a bipartisan legislative commission heard compelling testimony against the closure of the Illinois Youth Center at Kewanee.
A bipartisan legislative commission will hold a public hearing on the proposed closure at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30 in the Kewanee High School Gym. Union members and community supporters will be there to speak out against the closure.
"This ruling strengthens the promise of dignity in retirement for those who serve our communities, and reinforces the Illinois Constitution, our state's highest law," said AFSCME and other unions that brought the challenge.
March 15 should go down in history as one of the most significant defeats for big money in American politics. Bruce Rauner's super-rich crowd spent $7 million on two legislative races but lost both.
With spirit, determination and shoe leather, AFSCME members and retirees played critical roles in March primaries where candidates friendly to working families prevailed.
Direct Support Personnel (DSPs) who work with individuals with developmental disabilities struggle with poverty-level wages caused by the state's failure to raise reimbursement rates for their nonprofit agency employers.
The U.S. Supreme Court has dealt a setback to the super-rich special interests behind Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. Working people are more determined than ever to band together and stand up to future attempts to silence our voices.
HB 580 has passed the General Assembly but Governor Rauner has already vowed to veto it. The bill provides all state employees the option of neutral arbitration to settle union contracts with the Rauner Administration and keep state government running.
"We are in a crisis situation," AFSCME Local 1989 president Ellen Larrimore said, "and there's a strong sense that Governor Rauner doesn't care."
Three AFSCME members were elected to the State Employees’ Retiree System of Illinois (SERS) Board of Trustees, which is responsible for overseeing a pension system that provides benefits to over 140,000 active and retired state employees.
Governor Rauner’s cuts and refusal to compromise are hurting the people of Illinois and causing long-term damage to our state.