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May 29, 2015
New! Back pay bill passes Senate – but another vote needed

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.

May 21, 2015
Action! Pensions for Cook County employees under attack

Cook County employees should take action now to defend against the latest assault on their retirement security.

May 20, 2015
Court deals setback to Rauner on fair-share

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.

May 20, 2015
New! “Right-to-work for less” flops in Springfield and beyond

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.

May 18, 2015
New! Unions will continue challenge to City of Chicago pension cuts

Despite a recent state Supreme Court ruling that affirmed the Illinois constitution’s prohibition against diminishing pension benefits, Mayor Emanuel is insisting that legislation to cut the pensions of City of Chicago employees is constitutional.

May 08, 2015
Supreme Court rules pension cuts are unconstitutional

In an emphatic and unanimous ruling, the Illinois Supreme Court has declared pension-cutting SB 1 unconstitutional and void. Read the ruling and response from the We Are One Illinois union coalition.

Apr 29, 2015
New! State employees show their unity

State employees across Illinois show their unity and commitment to a fair contract in workplace actions on April 30.

Apr 27, 2015
New! Honoring fallen workers

Workers killed or injured on the job will be remembered this week at events throughout the state in observance of Workers’ Memorial Day.

Apr 14, 2015
Action! Last call to get off the Trans-Pacific Express

Congress is set to act on act on a trade agreement that could weaken the middle class and eliminate good jobs – all with little opportunity for real debate or improvements.

Apr 20, 2015
IEA president: Rauner is on the wrong track

Cinda Klickna, head of the Illinois Education Association, writes that Gov. Bruce Rauner is “is asking communities to commit hurtful acts against their own citizens.”

May 06, 2015
New! Back wage bill for state employees now on Senate floor

An AFSCME-backed supplemental appropriation to pay all remaining back wages owed to state employees passed the Senate Executive committee on May 6 and now goes to the Senate floor. HB 3763 previously passed the House.

Apr 11, 2015
Court halts confiscation of “fair-share” fees

AFSCME and other public employee unions will continue to receive the fees while a union-backed challenge to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s executive order is pending.

Apr 10, 2015
Rauner keeps tax breaks for business; cuts autism program, breast cancer screening and more

The governor has blocked funding for programs that help some of the state’s most vulnerable residents while signing off on wasteful corporate handouts.

Apr 14, 2015
AFSCME-backed candidates prevail throughout Illinois

In Chicago, Springfield, the Quad Cities and Joliet, candidates who pledged to stand up for working families prevailed in elections held April 7.

Apr 07, 2015
New! Vote TODAY in local elections

In communities throughout Illinois, voters have the chance to elect candidates who will stand up for working people and support strong public services.

Apr 01, 2015
New! Rauner’s “right-to-work” plan not welcome in Oswego

Dozens of union workers and retirees packed a Village Board meeting to let local officials know they oppose weakening union rights in their community.

Mar 24, 2015
New! Early voting now open for upcoming elections

You don’t have to wait until April 7 to vote in the upcoming election. Early voting locations are now open throughout the state through April 4.

Mar 24, 2015
Assaults target DOC, DJJ employees

Three violent attacks against employees in the departments of Corrections and Juvenile Justice make clear the need to address overcrowding and understaffing.

Mar 20, 2015
Comptroller contradicts Rauner’s claim on fair-share confiscation

Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger has denied claims made by Gov. Bruce Rauner that her office devised the latest plan for illegally withholding fair-share fees.

Mar 20, 2015
Rauner’s “legally questionable” move targets fair-share fees

Gov. Rauner’s obsession with undermining labor unions took a strange turn as he ordered state agencies to perform possibly illegal actions aimed at depleting union resources.

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