With the richest 1 percent in the world close to controlling more wealth than the remaining 99 percent combined, action is needed now to reverse the trend and preserve a strong middle class.
Gov. Bruce Rauner's inaugural address identified big challenges facing state government but was marred by an unwarranted potshot at public employees and their unions.
A group of Chicago aldermen has renewed its push to pass an ordinance aimed at bringing transparency and accountability to the process for contracting out city services.
AFSCME local union leaders at Logan Correctional Center are challenging a report that significantly downplayed the extent of violence at the facility. They've documented some 400 instances of violence against employees and other inmates.
This week the Illinois Attorney General moved forward with two Supreme Court filings, one seeking to defend pension cuts and the other to deny back wages owed state employees.
Big Business is pushing “right-to-work” (for less) laws across the country. Illinois labor says “not in our state!”
A new study proves what many union members already know to be true: Being in a union means a big boost in life satisfaction.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a secretive trade pact now before Congress, would benefit large, multi-national corporations while hurting American workers and consumers.
Today is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day – a time to show your support for the officers who put their lives on the line every day to keep our communities safe.
The nonprofit, nonpartisan Center for Tax and Budget Accountability lays out the hard facts: Without action to replace revenue lost when income tax rates fall on Jan. 1, Illinois state government will have $3.64 billion less to spend in fiscal year 2016.
A lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court seeks to overturn legislation to drastically reduce the pension benefits of City of Chicago employees and retirees.
After six years without a raise, Head Start teachers in Rockford are taking action, demanding that the city agree to a contract that respects the work they do helping low-income families.
My Brother’s Keeper, a group supporting Department of Corrections employees and their families, is collecting signatures to urge the General Assembly to reopen Tamms CC.
AFSCME Council 31 mourns the sudden passing of state comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, "a great friend of our union and working people across Illinois."
Faith and community leaders in Rockford are rallying behind employees of Rock River Academy who have been fired or suspended for backing a union at the community disability agency.
Full-dues paying AFSCME members, members’ children and spouses qualify to apply for the Union Plus scholarship. Award amounts vary from $500 to $4,000.
With their insurance premiums set to skyrocket next year, City of Chicago retirees are urging Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City Council to take action and keep health care affordable.
State Rep. Mike Smiddy says the hard work of AFSCME volunteers and support from the union’s PEOPLE program played a key role in allowing him to continue to fight for working families at the state Capitol.
Lane Evans was a champion of organized labor, veterans and all working people. The 12-term former Congressman from Rock Island died Nov. 5.
A difficult Election Night had some bright spots, as several candidates who stood with public employees – and enjoyed strong support from AFSCME members – prevailed at the polls.