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Mar 23, 2017
New! Rauner seeks expedited appeal to impose terms

Based on a web of half-truths and outright falsehoods, Governor Rauner’s high-paid contract law firm is now urging the Supreme Court to bypass the appellate court process entirely and directly take up AFSCME’s appeal of the labor board’s impasse ruling.

Mar 23, 2017
New! Supreme Court: State Paychecks to Continue

The Illinois Supreme Court has refused to grant Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s request for direct appeal of the Temporary Restraining Order that AFSCME and other unions won to ensure that state employees are paid during the current budget standoff.

Mar 17, 2017
New! Rockford-area leaders support striking schools employees, call on board to compromise

Local leaders, elected officials join teachers, parents and students in supporting striking public school employees and call on the school board to change its approach.

Mar 16, 2017
New! 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
New! 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 06, 2017
New! AFSCME Endorsements: 2017 Local Elections

Local elections impact workers' rights and livelihoods in communities across Illinois. Be sure to vote and make your voice heard! Election Day is Tuesday, April 4.

Mar 03, 2017
New! 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.

Mar 03, 2017
New! Rockford schools employees set to strike

Rockford school bus drivers, nutrition service workers and paraprofessionals will begin a three-day strike action on March 15 if the school board continues its refusal to bargain in good faith before then.

Feb 28, 2017
Action! Pension-cutting bill still looms

SB 16, a bill to cut the pensions of active employees in the SERS and SURS pension systems, was rushed to a vote on the Senate floor on Feb. 28. While it failed to pass, it was put on postponed consideration and will likely be called again soon.

Feb 28, 2017
Rauner seeks strikebreakers

“Instead of trying to intimidate workers with illegal threats, Bruce Rauner should simply do his job: Negotiate with state employees toward a compromise that's fair to all.”

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.

Feb 23, 2017
Illinois state employees vote to authorize strike

In the first-ever strike authorization vote in Illinois state government, an 81 percent majority of AFSCME Council 31 members have voted to give their union bargaining committee the authority to call a strike.

Feb 16, 2017
AFSCME, other unions successfully defend state employee paychecks

A St. Clair County Circuit Court judge has denied a request by the Illinois Attorney General to dissolve an order previously won by unions representing state employees, ensuring that state workers would continue to get paid on time and in full.

Feb 08, 2017
Bill cutting university pensions defeated—for now

Pension-cutting Senate Bill 11 fails, but Rauner will certainly continue his push to cut public pensions.

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.

Jan 20, 2017
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.

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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