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Dec 06, 2016
New! Circuit court order temporarily halts Rauner’s imposition

A temporary restraining order issued Dec. 6 will halt the Rauner administration’s attempts to unilaterally impose its contract terms on state employees for now.

Dec 01, 2016
New! Legislators call for renewed negotiations

A bipartisan group of more than 35 legislators garnered statewide media coverage of their call for renewed negotiations between the Rauner Administration and AFSCME.

Nov 22, 2016
New! Chicago retirees must enroll in other insurance to ensure continued health coverage in 2017

At the end of this year, the City of Chicago intends to terminate its retiree health care coverage. Find out what to do next.

Nov 30, 2016
New! Internal Rauner documents reveal anti-union strategy

Documents recently provided to AFSCME by an anonymous whistleblower inside state government reveal that Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has established a new division dedicated to restricting employee rights.

Nov 18, 2016
New! Day of Action: Thousands of AFSCME members tell Rauner to negotiate

"Don't dictate, negotiate!" say state workers, standing together throughout Illinois.

Nov 15, 2016
Rauner-appointed board rules “impasse” in state employee contract dispute

AFSCME: Governor “should negotiate, not dictate”

Aug 22, 2016
New! State contract fight—get the facts

While state employees are working hard every day to serve the people of Illinois, they also worry about their future and that of their families. Get the facts from AFSCME about the fight for a fair state contract.

Sep 13, 2016
Disability workers fight for fair wage

Despite the strident efforts of DSPs and their supporters, a measure to override Governor Rauner's veto of a bill to pay DSPs a living wage failed on November 16.

Nov 02, 2016
New! Rockford school bus drivers authorize strike

"As bus drivers we are responsible for all of Rockford’s school children, and in return we deserve fair pay and affordable health care for our own children,” AFSCME Local 1275 President and driver Tracy Goodwin said.

Oct 27, 2016
Union members winning high-profile strikes

In recent weeks, union members as varied as dining hall workers, whiskey distillers and university faculty have won fair contracts by making the tough decision to go out on strike.

Sep 29, 2016
New! State workers star in AFSCME campaign urging Rauner to negotiate

Illinois public service workers are featured in new statewide spots that call out Gov. Rauner for refusing to negotiate with state employees who want to find common ground.

Sep 13, 2016
Illinois Policy Institute: Anti-worker, pro-Rauner

Learn the truth about the Illinois Policy Institute. Funded by $525,000 from Bruce Rauner, they push for privatization, ending pensions, and firing every state employee.

Sep 02, 2016
Labor Board judge's recommendation calls for renewal of state contract negotiations

AFSCME Council 31 responds to the recommended decision issued September 2 by an Administrative Law Judge of the Illinois Labor Relations Board.

Aug 24, 2016
DOC attempt to blame Pontiac CC employees for inmate assault is shameful, baseless

The Illinois Department of Corrections’ attempt to lay the blame on injured employees for outbreak of inmate violence at Pontiac Correctional Center is shameful and baseless. The employees’ actions were in compliance with departmental procedures.

Aug 22, 2016
Union calls for better internal security at Pontiac Correctional Center in the wake of assault on correctional employees

A troubling culture of inmate violence at Pontiac Correctional Center culminated in an assault by multiple inmates on prison staff on August 21. Four correctional officers and two lieutenants were treated for non life-threatening injuries.

Aug 17, 2016
Caregivers, advocates urge Gov. Rauner to sign living-wage bill

AFSCME members, families and community agencies delivered thousands of postcards urging Gov. Rauner to sign HB 5931, which sets a $15 base wage for direct support personnel who care for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Aug 09, 2016
Aurora community speaks out to save library services

More than 100 community members filled the West Branch of the Aurora Public Library on August 8 to protest the Library Board's planned cuts to staff and services. Many in the standing room only crowd wore stickers demanding "No cuts!"

Aug 05, 2016
State employees fed up with Rauner harassment at work

AFSCME members are pushing back on the governor’s misinformation campaign.

Jul 20, 2016
AFSCME members across the country stand with Illinois

More than 3,000 AFSCME delegates to the 42nd International Convention meeting this week in Las Vegas overwhelmingly approved a resolution of solidarity with Illinois members who are confronting one of the most fiercely anti-union governors in the country.

Jul 15, 2016
Never Quit: 42nd AFSCME International Convention

As union members face an unprecedented assault on basic bargaining rights, delegates from AFSCME local unions in Illinois will help shape our union’s strategy to fight back at AFSCME’s 42nd International Convention from July 18 to 22. We never quit.

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