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Jul 02, 2015
New! Unions take legal steps to ensure state employees are paid despite budget impasse

AFSCME and other unions took two steps to ensure that public service workers in state government will be paid on time and in full for their work, even in the absence of a state budget for the 2016 fiscal year that started July 1.

Jun 29, 2015
New! AFSCME statement on Illinois budget and payroll

"Public services must continue without disruption, and our union has been working to ensure just that," Council 31 executive director Roberta Lynch said. "As we have done in the past, AFSCME has prepared to take legal action."

Jun 26, 2015
New! Save the Hardin County Work Camp!

In yet another act of budget gamesmanship, Governor Rauner announced this month that he will seek to close the Hardin County Work Camp in southern Illinois.

Jun 26, 2015
New! Stop the Illinois State Museum closures!

Governor Rauner is threatening to close the Illinois State Museum in Springfield and all branch sites. Here's how you can say no.

Jun 18, 2015
New! Show your support for state workers!

Yard signs reading 'We Support State Workers' are appearing all over Illinois. Here's how to get yours.

Jun 16, 2015
New! State employee Rally Days build support for public services and a fair contract

Thousands of state employees represented by AFSCME took part in Rally Days, June 9 to 11. Gaining public support and media coverage, they showed their unity, commitment to providing public services, and determination to secure a fair contract.

Jun 04, 2015
New! Rauner threatens facility closures, service cuts for child care and elderly

As part of his effort to pressure legislators into backing his anti-worker agenda, Gov. Rauner has announced his intention to close DOC/DJJ facilities and state museums and make cuts to programs that help seniors and working families.

Jun 03, 2015
Latest attempt to cut Cook County pensions fails

The latest push to make steep cuts to the pension benefits of Cook County employees failed in Springfield after an AFSCME lobbying effort.

May 29, 2015
Back pay bill passes Senate – but another vote needed

The Senate and House have both passed a supplemental appropriation bill to pay all remaining back wages owed to state employees. However, further action in the General Assembly is still needed.

May 20, 2015
Court deals setback to Rauner on fair-share

A federal judge has rejected Gov. Rauner’s lawsuit challenging the right of public employee unions to collect “fair share” fees, but the fight isn't over yet.

May 20, 2015
“Right-to-work for less” flops in Springfield and beyond

Members of AFSCME and other unions have persuaded elected officials to reject Gov. Rauner’s “right-to-work” plan throughout Illinois, including a stinging rebuke in the state House.

May 18, 2015
Unions will continue challenge to City of Chicago pension cuts

Despite a recent state Supreme Court ruling that affirmed the Illinois constitution’s prohibition against diminishing pension benefits, Mayor Emanuel is insisting that legislation to cut the pensions of City of Chicago employees is constitutional.

Jun 09, 2015
Support union musicians and theater employees

AFSCME members can buy discounted tickets to hear acclaimed ukulele virtuoso, Jake Shimabukuro, at Chicago’s Auditorium Theater, backed by the City Lights Orchestra.

May 08, 2015
Supreme Court rules pension cuts are unconstitutional

In an emphatic and unanimous ruling, the Illinois Supreme Court has declared pension-cutting SB 1 unconstitutional and void. Read the ruling and response from the We Are One Illinois union coalition.

Apr 29, 2015
State employees show their unity

State employees across Illinois show their unity and commitment to a fair contract in workplace actions on April 30.

Apr 27, 2015
Honoring fallen workers

Workers killed or injured on the job will be remembered this week at events throughout the state in observance of Workers’ Memorial Day.

Apr 20, 2015
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 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
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
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.

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