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Jan 20, 2017
New! AFSCME members leave legislative conference ready for challenges ahead

Working people face enormous threats in 2017 and beyond. Conference attendees asked the question: How do we work together to prevail against these attacks? The answer: Grassroots organizing in our worksites and communities.

Jan 19, 2017
Action! State Contract Info Center

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.

Jan 17, 2017
New! Private prison industry puts profits ahead of safety

CoreCivic’s Trousdale Turner Correctional Center is a prime example of what happens when corporations are left unchecked to provide services previously offered by state employees.

Dec 19, 2016
Illinois labor movement supports state employees

Nearly two dozen Illinois union leaders from the private and public sectors sent a letter of support for AFSCME-represented state employees in their struggle for fairness against Governor Rauner.

Jan 10, 2017
New! AFSCME puts forth new framework for settlement of state contract

AFSCME Bargaining Committee votes to establish new settlement framework for state contract. Rauner responds swiftly, making clear he seeks confrontation, rather than common ground.

Jan 09, 2017
New! New Congress takes aim at public workers

In their first three days, the new Republican majority in the U.S. Congress didn’t waste any time in launching a stunning attack on federal government employees—without even the thinnest of rationales.

Dec 22, 2016
New! Rauner flips out

Rauner is demanding that the Illinois Labor Relations Board require AFSCME to pay $2 million a day while legal action is pending against the governor's push to impose his demands on state employees.

Dec 06, 2016
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
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
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
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
Day of Action: Thousands of AFSCME members tell Rauner to negotiate [VIDEO]

"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”

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
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
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.

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