News
May 20, 2017
New! Support AT&T workers on strike

On Friday, May 19, 40,000 AT&T employees represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) went on strike across the country. Support CWA members by joining them on the picket line this weekend!

May 16, 2017
Action! Calls needed against latest pension-cutting bills in Illinois House

New pension-cutting bills could come up for a vote in the Illinois House of Representatives during the week of May 22. Call 888-912-5959 to urge your state rep to VOTE NO on House Bill 4027, HB 4045 and SB 16.

May 16, 2017
New! New corporate tax giveaway despite budget crisis

A recent study shows more than 2/3 of Illinois corporations pay no state income tax. But a move is afoot in Springfield to expand corporate tax breaks. The Center for Tax and Budget Accountability has all the facts.

May 11, 2017
New! Senate votes to raise wages for disability services workers as coalition pushes Rauner to address community care workforce crisis

After a coalition of AFSCME members, agencies and families spent the day lobbying legislators and delivered 7,000 postcards to Gov. Rauner, the Senate passed SB 955, legislation to raise wages for disability services workers.

May 10, 2017
Action! Rockford School Board votes to turn its back on employees

After refusing to negotiate with its employees, the Rockford School Board voted on May 9 to move forward with outsourcing the districts’ school bus operations to Ohio-based First Student.

Apr 28, 2017
New! Bill setting privatization safeguards passes House

Legislation aiming to curb reckless privatization and ensure accountability to taxpayers passed out of the Illinois House on April 27.

Apr 12, 2017
New! University cutbacks spark protest

Union members protest Bruce Rauner’s budget crisis as funding cuts threaten long-term damage to our state’s public higher education.

Apr 11, 2017
Chicago aldermen urge Gov. Rauner to negotiate with state workers

The Chicago City Council overwhelmingly approved a resolution on March 29, calling on Rauner to return to the bargaining table with state workers and their unions.

Apr 04, 2017
Supreme Court denies Rauner request for direct appeal

Illinois high court rejects governor's push to bypass appellate level in state employee impasse case.

Apr 03, 2017
Judge Neil Gorsuch puts profits over people

Newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch will tilt court toward corporations and against working people.

Mar 23, 2017
Briefs filed in state paychecks case

Briefs now being filed in 5th District Appellate Court as state employee pay case makes its ways through the appeals process.

Mar 16, 2017
Union protests unsafe conditions at Pontiac Correctional Center

AFSCME members at Pontiac Correctional Center spoke out on assaults by inmates, proposing steps to improve safety.

Mar 15, 2017
Rockford school employees went on strike

As a result of the Rockford school board’s refusal to negotiate in good faith—instead imposing terms that effectively cut workers’ already low pay—school bus drivers, nutrition service workers and paraprofessionals held a three-day strike.

Mar 03, 2017
Appellate court puts labor board impasse decision on hold, Rauner cannot impose terms on state workers

An appellate court granted AFSCME's request to put on hold the labor board decision in contract negotiations between our union and Gov. Rauner. As a result, Governor Rauner cannot impose his terms.

Feb 24, 2017
Roberta Lynch announces strike vote results

AFSCME Council 31 Executive Director Roberta Lynch addressed reporters at a news conference announcing the results of the state employees’ strike authorization vote, which took place from January 30 to February 19, 2017.

Jan 26, 2017
Despite protest, Rockford Public School Board votes to impose extreme terms on employees

Following in Bruce Rauner’s footsteps, the Rockford Public Schools Board of Education voted to impose its ‘last, best and final’ offer on employees at a board meeting packed with union members pressing to continue negotiations.

Jan 25, 2017
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.

Feb 14, 2017
Legislators criticize Rauner’s refusal to compromise on AFSCME contract

African-American and Latino state senators and representatives say that Governor Bruce Rauner’s refusal to negotiate with AFSCME threatens disproportionate harm to communities of color.

Feb 10, 2017
State worker faces loss of baby's oxygen tank

Because Illinois Gov. Rauner won't sign a budget, a company tried to repossess the oxygen tank needed by Kenea Williams's infant son.

Feb 09, 2017
Rauner vows to veto state employee pay bill

AFSCME has been working to pass legislation to protect state employee paychecks, but in a video emailed to all state workers, Gov. Rauner threatened to veto that bill.

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