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Apr 14, 2015
Action! Last call to get off the Trans-Pacific Express

Congress is set to act on act on a trade agreement that could weaken the middle class and eliminate good jobs – all with little opportunity for real debate or improvements.

Apr 20, 2015
New! IEA president: Rauner is on the wrong track

Cinda Klickna, head of the Illinois Education Association, writes that Gov. Bruce Rauner is “is asking communities to commit hurtful acts against their own citizens.”

Apr 16, 2015
New! Illinois House passes back wage bill for state employees; Senate next

The Illinois House has passed an AFSCME-backed supplemental appropriation to pay all remaining back wages owed to state employees. The legislation, HB 3763, was approved April 15 by a vote of 88-23-2. It goes to the Senate.

Apr 11, 2015
Court halts confiscation of “fair-share” fees

AFSCME and other public employee unions will continue to receive the fees while a union-backed challenge to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s executive order is pending.

Apr 10, 2015
New! Rauner keeps tax breaks for business; cuts autism program, breast cancer screening and more

The governor has blocked funding for programs that help some of the state’s most vulnerable residents while signing off on wasteful corporate handouts.

Apr 14, 2015
New! AFSCME-backed candidates prevail throughout Illinois

In Chicago, Springfield, the Quad Cities and Joliet, candidates who pledged to stand up for working families prevailed in elections held April 7.

Apr 07, 2015
New! Vote TODAY in local elections

In communities throughout Illinois, voters have the chance to elect candidates who will stand up for working people and support strong public services.

Apr 01, 2015
New! Rauner’s “right-to-work” plan not welcome in Oswego

Dozens of union workers and retirees packed a Village Board meeting to let local officials know they oppose weakening union rights in their community.

Mar 24, 2015
New! Early voting now open for upcoming elections

You don’t have to wait until April 7 to vote in the upcoming election. Early voting locations are now open throughout the state through April 4.

Mar 24, 2015
Assaults target DOC, DJJ employees

Three violent attacks against employees in the departments of Corrections and Juvenile Justice make clear the need to address overcrowding and understaffing.

Mar 20, 2015
Comptroller contradicts Rauner’s claim on fair-share confiscation

Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger has denied claims made by Gov. Bruce Rauner that her office devised the latest plan for illegally withholding fair-share fees.

Mar 20, 2015
Rauner’s “legally questionable” move targets fair-share fees

Gov. Rauner’s obsession with undermining labor unions took a strange turn as he ordered state agencies to perform possibly illegal actions aimed at depleting union resources.

Mar 17, 2015
Direct support providers turn out to oppose budget cuts

AFSCME members who care for people with developmental disabilities helped pack a Senate hearing and spoke out against cuts to community disability agencies in Gov. Rauner’s proposed budget.

Mar 12, 2015
Public employees, retirees urge high court to declare pension cuts unconstitutional

The Illinois Supreme Court heard oral arguments on whether it should affirm a lower court decision that struck down a law cutting pensions for SERS, SURS and TRS members.

Mar 20, 2015
Stand with oil workers fighting for workplace safety

Striking oil industry workers represented by the United Steelworkers have reached agreements to return to work in some locations, but others are still fighting for fairness and safety on the job.

Mar 09, 2015
Why prevailing wages and project labor agreements matter

Public employees should stand in unity with workers in the construction trades to defend policies that promote the creation of good jobs that support families and communities.

Feb 11, 2015
New study: Switching to 401(k)-style plans is a loser for states

When three state governments eliminated defined-benefit pensions in favor of 401(k)-style plans, promised savings failed to materialize and funding gaps actually worsened.

Mar 05, 2015
New! Unions file suit to halt governor’s illegal action

The Illinois AFL-CIO, AFSCME and 25 other unions have filed suit to invalidate Gov. Rauner’s executive order blocking state agencies from collecting “fair-share” fees.

Feb 26, 2015
Rauner budget benefits the wealthy few

The expiration of last year's income tax rates is costing the state $5 billion a year. The resulting tax breaks benefit the rich, and Gov. Rauner wants to fund them with budget cuts for the rest of us.

Feb 26, 2015
AFSCME-backed candidates prevail in local races

In Chicago and Springfield, AFSCME helped propel to victory candidates who have pledged to stand with working families and defend union rights.

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