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Nov 22, 2017
New! Cook County Board votes to lay off hundreds

A vigorous grassroots lobbying effort helped reduce number of AFSCME members who will lose their jobs after Cook CountyBoard unanimously passed a budget that included 321 layoffs.

Nov 15, 2017
New! Layoffs in Cook County jail, probation could undermine public safety

AFSCME Council 31 Executive Director Roberta Lynch and local union leaders issued this statement on Tuesday, Nov. 14, blasting planned Cook County layoffs.

Nov 06, 2017
New! Court rules Rauner wrong to refuse to pay step increases

Governor Rauner's administration has violated state labor law by refusing to allow thousands of state workers to move as scheduled through the state pay plan over the past two years, a state appellate court has ruled.

Oct 16, 2017
New! Verna Thompson elected MEABF trustee

AFSCME-backed City of Chicago employee Verna Thompson was elected MEABF Trustee on Friday, October 27.

Oct 26, 2017
Illinois House overrides 11 Rauner vetoes

The Illinois House of Representatives unanimously overrode Gov. Rauner’s veto of Comptroller Susana Mendoza’s Debt Transparency Act, along with ten other of the governor’s vetoes.

Sep 26, 2017
New! Kevin Ochalla elected Cook County Pension Fund Trustee

AFSCME Council 31 member Kevin Ochalla was elected to the the open trustee seat representing Cook County employees in the October 25 pension fund election.

Oct 24, 2017
New! Threat of service cuts, layoffs in Cook County

The Cook County board voted to repeal the tax on sweetened beverages, which was essential to filling the county’s gaping budget hole. Without new revenue, the county will look to service cuts and layoffs.

Oct 23, 2017
New! Convention: Rise Up!

Nearly 1,000 AFSCME Council 31 members gathered in Springfield for our 20th Biennial Convention. We're ready to Rise Up! Watch this powerful video highlighting critical battles we've fought over the last two years—and listen to some great music too.

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.

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