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May 24, 2018
New! Back pay bill passes House

HB 4290, sponsored by Rep. Jerry Costello, passed out of the Illinois House of Representatives with a veto-proof majority. The bill would provide funding for wages owed to state employees since 2011.

May 23, 2018
New! On the Job: Orlando Valenzuela, Public Health Administrator

"I've worked for the City of Chicago for more than 20 years. I’m happy to be here. I see myself as employed by the people of Chicago and that’s who I want to do my best for, because I appreciate the opportunity to do this work."

May 22, 2018
New! Scam Alert

The real story behind the $80 million con targeting public service workers.

May 10, 2018
New! AFSCME state workers push for payment of back wages

More than 1,000 state employee AFSCME members flooded the state Capitol, pressing legislators to pay state government’s oldest unpaid bill for back wages owed since July 2011.

May 25, 2018
New! Rauner fighting “make whole” remedy in steps case

Once again Bruce Rauner is doing everything possible to circumvent state law and block state employees from being paid what they are owed. AFSCME will continue to do battle in every available legal venue to compel fair treatment for employees.

May 08, 2018
Steven Rock elected SURS trustee

AFSCME-backed candidate Steven Rock was elected trustee in the recent State Universities Retirement System (SURS) Trustee Election.

May 25, 2018
New! Workplace safety bill passes Senate and House

On May 25, Senate Bill 3075—workplace safety legislation—passed the Illinois House by a vote of 105-0-0. It passed the Senate on April 23 by a vote of 45-0-0. The bill now returns to the Senate for concurrence.

Apr 27, 2018
Action! DSP wage bill passes Senate with veto-proof vote

The Illinois State Senate passed SB 3508 with a veto-proof vote. Take a few minutes to contact your state representative using the DSP hotline: 844-259-0916.

Apr 27, 2018
New! AFSCME PEOPLE Committee endorses Pritzker for governor

“Illinois needs a leader like JB who will bring people together and who cares about working families,” AFSCME Council 31 Executive Director Roberta Lynch said.

Apr 24, 2018
Sen. Bill Brady trying to strip workers' rights to negotiate health care benefits

Sen. Bill Brady introduced Senate Amendment 1 to SB 2680, which would amend the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act to provide that the design, implementation, and administration of a health insurance plan shall not be the subject of negotiations.

Jan 28, 2018
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.

Mar 30, 2018
I AM 2018

On April 2-4, AFSCME, COGIC, and civil, human and workers’ rights leaders gathered in Memphis for a series of events to honor Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy and the courage and sacrifice of Memphis sanitation workers who went on strike in 1968.

Mar 22, 2018
Illinois Supreme Court Rejects Rauner Appeal on Steps

AFSCME has won another round in the battle for payment of step increases that Gov. Rauner has illegally frozen since July 1, 2015.

Mar 21, 2018
UCAN workers win a union!

Employees at UCAN, a youth services agency on Chicago’s West Side, won their union election on March 20 after a vicious anti-union campaign waged by their employer. They fought for a better future—and they won.

Mar 21, 2018
AFSCME-backed candidates win in Primary Election

In the March 20 Illinois Primary Election, voters chose candidates best able to carry forward the fight in defense of workers’ rights in the November General Election. Union members made a big difference in these critical races!

Feb 28, 2018
More Violence at Pontiac Correctional Center

A sergeant at Pontiac Correctional Center, a member of AFSCME Local 494, was attacked on Feb. 21 in what appears to be a coordinated assault by inmates in an administrative detention cell house.

Feb 26, 2018
More than 5,000 join Working People’s Day of Action in Chicago

Thousands rallied nationwide on Feb. 24 to unite for their freedom to form strong unions and against anti-union forces, honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of the Memphis sanitation workers' strike.

Feb 16, 2018
Rauner 2019 Budget: Another attack on employees

Governor Rauner’s proposed 2019 state budget is more of the same. The budget is fundamentally unbalanced, propped up by a series of vague and unworkable schemes resting on taking away collective bargaining rights from public employees.

Feb 15, 2018
Union voters critical in March primary

The Illinois Primary Election in March will provide an opportunity to choose candidates best able to carry forward the fight in defense of workers’ rights in the November election. Make your voice heard and VOTE.

Feb 13, 2018
Memorials for Pamela Knight

Pamela Knight, AFSCME Local 448 member and dedicated DCFS child protection investigator, passed away February 8 due to injuries suffered in the line of duty. She was viciously attacked last fall while protecting the welfare of a two-year-old child.

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