News
Sep 26, 2017
New! Vote Kevin Ochalla for Cook County Pension Fund

AFSCME Council 31 recommends Kevin Ochalla for the open trustee seat representing Cook County employees in the October 25 pension fund election.

Oct 16, 2017
New! Vote Verna Thompson for MEABF trustee

Verna Thompson is a proven leader who will be a strong voice for city of Chicago employees. Vote Verna Thompson for MEABF Trustee on Friday, October 27.

Oct 05, 2017
Unions—Unrigging the system

The fact that workers have a voice on the job with their unions is something that galls the ultra-rich. That’s why they’re now trying to get the U.S. Supreme Court to rig the system even more in their favor.

Oct 02, 2017
DCFS investigator brutally beaten by abusive parent

A DCFS Child Protective Investigator in Sterling was sent out to check on the welfare of a child. When the investigator arrived, the father viciously attacked her, knocking her to the ground repeatedly assaulting the investigator about the head.

Sep 28, 2017
Janus v. AFSCME: The Facts

Get the facts about the lawsuit that aims to take away the freedom of working people to join together in strong unions, Janus v. AFSCME Council 31.

Sep 28, 2017
Wealthy attack worker freedom

The U.S. Supreme Court announced that it would decide Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, a lawsuit that aims to take away the freedom of working people to join together in strong unions.

Sep 27, 2017
GOP abandons quest to repeal the ACA

After repeatedly coming up short of votes, President Trump and Congressional Republicans are finally admitting defeat in their years-long quest to repeal (and not really replace) the Affordable Care Act, leaving millions without health insurance.

Sep 21, 2017
Rauner rewrites history on child care cuts

After cutting child care for 30,000 children, Gov. Rauner restored some of the cuts to the Child Care Assistance Program. Then pretended the cuts weren’t his in the first place.

Sep 18, 2017
Inmate attack reveals dangerous conditions

In a violent attack over the weekend at East Moline Correctional Center, an inmate repeatedly struck a correctional officer in the head with a rock. The officer was working alone on the unit and struggled to call for help on a faulty radio.

Aug 30, 2017
Unions are about economic freedom

If workers don’t have the freedom to form unions, there is no front-line defense against unfair wages, harmful policies and eroding public services. That’s why America needs unions more than ever.

Aug 21, 2017
Union members block anti-worker legislation

More than 300,000 Missourians signed petitions demanding a public vote to repeal a new state right-to-work-for-less law, effectively blocking its implementation.

Aug 18, 2017
Gov. Rauner vetoes taxpayer accountability bill

The governor vetoed legislation that aimed to curb reckless privatization and ensure accountability to taxpayers by preventing the state from privatizing services currently performed by state employees without first meeting rigorous requirements.

Aug 17, 2017
Garbage collectors at high risk of injury, death

AFSCME members working in sanitation have one of the most dangerous public service jobs. They have higher risk of death on the job than police officers or firefighters.

Aug 11, 2017
Rockford school employees gain contracts

After a long struggle for fairness that climaxed in a three-day strike, nearly 1,000 AFSCME members at Rockford Public Schools successfully blocked the district’s privatization attempts, improved their wages and protected their health insurance.

Aug 11, 2017
Cook County layoffs halted

Awaiting a court decision on the legality of a new tax on sugary beverages, Cook County issued layoff notices to hundreds of employees in July, including more than 100 AFSCME members.

Jul 11, 2017
The truth about the Illinois balanced budget

Political foes are spreading misinformation about the balanced budget plan approved by both parties. Get the facts from Illinois Working Together.

Jul 07, 2017
Illinois General Assembly overrides Rauner, passes balanced budget

After two years in which Rauner held the budget hostage to his own political agenda, the governor’s budget blockade is finally over.

Jun 29, 2017
Bargaining underway for Chicago and Cook County employees

Contract negotiations are getting underway for 21 AFSCME locals in city and county government this summer. Fiscal constraints promise bargaining challenges.

Jun 29, 2017
Rauner tries end run on health care

Special Session is not exempt from Gov. Rauner’s schemes, including his demand for massive cuts to the state group health insurance program.

Jun 29, 2017
Rauner’s privatization scheme goes bad

Gov. Rauner rushed to privatize state employee benefits administration, outsourcing the work from Springfield to Georgia—part of a $94 million contract with a foreign corporation.

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