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Feb 24, 2017
New! 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
New! 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
New! 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
New! 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
New! 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
Action! 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
New! 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
New! 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
New! 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.

Feb 02, 2017
Delaware prison violence a tragic reminder of risks corrections employees face

After a Delaware corrections sergeant was killed and a staff member injured on Feb. 1, Council 31 director Roberta Lynch said, “This tragedy should remind us all that any attempt to run a corrections system on the cheap will lead to greater human cost."

Feb 02, 2017
AFSCME backs Scherer bill to ensure state employee pay

A bill filed by state Rep. Sue Scherer would ensure that state employee payroll continues, no matter the outcome of a legal challenge to an existing court order.

Jan 27, 2017
AFSCME will return to court to oppose AG action to deny pay

AFSCME is prepared to return to court in opposition to Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s motion to block payroll for state employees.

Jan 30, 2017
New! Strike authorization vote underway

Bruce Rauner arrogantly dismissed an unprecedented good-faith effort by the AFSCME Bargaining Committee to forge a compromise in the state employee contract dispute. Now union members are voting on whether to authorize a strike.

Jan 17, 2017
Private prison industry puts profits ahead of safety

CoreCivic’s Trousdale Turner Correctional Center is a prime example of what happens when corporations are left unchecked to provide services previously offered by state employees.

Dec 19, 2016
Illinois labor movement supports state employees

Nearly two dozen Illinois union leaders from the private and public sectors sent a letter of support for AFSCME-represented state employees in their struggle for fairness against Governor Rauner.

Jan 10, 2017
AFSCME puts forth new framework for settlement of state contract

AFSCME Bargaining Committee votes to establish new settlement framework for state contract. Rauner responds swiftly, making clear he seeks confrontation, rather than common ground.

Jan 09, 2017
New! New Congress takes aim at public workers

In their first three days, the new Republican majority in the U.S. Congress didn’t waste any time in launching a stunning attack on federal government employees—without even the thinnest of rationales.

Dec 22, 2016
Rauner flips out

Rauner is demanding that the Illinois Labor Relations Board require AFSCME to pay $2 million a day while legal action is pending against the governor's push to impose his demands on state employees.

Dec 06, 2016
Circuit court order temporarily halts Rauner’s imposition

A temporary restraining order issued Dec. 6 will halt the Rauner administration’s attempts to unilaterally impose its contract terms on state employees for now.

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