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Jul 19, 2018
New! AFSCME members won’t back down

The US Supreme Court’s majority sided with the super-rich in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 on June 27. But AFSCME members know that our freedom to have a strong voice on the job is under assault—and they’re pledging to stick with their union.

Jul 19, 2018
New! Fighting for fairness at the Village of Schaumburg

Village of Schaumburg employee Norma Higgins had more than 1,000 hours of sick time saved—but she couldn’t use one day to care for her husband who was fighting cancer. That's why AFSCME Local 1919 members won’t quit until they win a fair contract.

Jul 12, 2018
New! “Fraud”: Anti-worker Illinois Policy Institute caught again using phony photo

Two more longtime AFSCME members are speaking out against the Rauner-funded IPI for misusing their images in its anti-union campaign. "I don't support what they're doing and I think they're defaming my character," Velma Henderson says.

Jul 12, 2018
New! On the Job: Glen Baum, Anderson Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area

I believe in the union strongly. My family has a better life because I have better pay, medical insurance and job security. And I think union jobs make better employees—with a union we have a voice. It’s a win-win for everybody.

Jul 11, 2018
New! Labor Board orders Rauner to restore steps, make state employees whole

In the latest step forward in AFSCME’s fight for fair pay for state workers, on July 10 the Illinois Labor Relations Board ordered the state to make employees whole, in accordance with the state appellate court’s mandate.

Jul 10, 2018
New! "A form of identity theft": Policy Institute misuses union member's photo for its anti-union agenda

Imagine being a longtime union activist, then seeing your image stolen to promote an anti-union agenda. That's what happened to AFSCME Local 2806 President Darneice Cooper.

Jul 12, 2018
New! Made whole with union power

Wrongly accused, AFSCME Local 424 member Jason Klingeman lost his job. With the union's help he was reinstated with back pay and benefits. “If it wasn’t for our union, I wouldn’t be here," he said. "We have an awesome union. I am 1,000 percent pleased.”

Jul 09, 2018
Rauner should fix steps NOW!

The Illinois Labor Relations Board is scheduled to meet tomorrow, July 10, to finalize an order issued in response to a state appellate court ruling that the Rauner Administration acted illegally in freezing state employee step increases in 2015.

Jun 21, 2018
New! Supreme Court rules against working people

In favor of billionaire CEOs and corporate interests in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, the U.S. Supreme Court holds that fair-share fees in the public sector violate the First Amendment of the Constitution.

Jun 18, 2018
Bruce Rauner hurt Western Illinois University

Bruce Rauner visited a campus of Western Illinois University—where hundreds of AFSCME Local 417 members work—on June 14. He failed to mention the damage he did to the WIU over the last three years.

Jun 13, 2018
Court hears oral arguments in state contract impasse case

The 4th District Appellate Court heard oral arguments on June 13 in AFSCME Council 31’s appeal of the Labor Board’s decision backing Gov. Bruce Rauner’s claim that the parties were at impasse in negotiations between the state of Illinois and AFSCME.

Jun 12, 2018
Labor Board rejects Rauner delay on steps

The state panel of the Illinois Labor Relations Board rejected Rauner's delay tactics on step increases for state employees and said employees must be made whole.

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.

Jun 07, 2018
Illinois has a budget—on time and without Rauner’s demands

For the first time since taking office, Gov. Rauner signed a full budget, on time, on June 4 after the General Assembly adopted it with strong bipartisan support on May 31.

Jun 06, 2018
New! AFSCME letter to Rauner: Process state employee back pay now

After enactment of state budget, Council 31 Executive Director Roberta Lynch sent a letter to Gov. Rauner calling on him “to immediately direct your agencies to prepare vouchers for the full amount of back wages owed to employees both active and retired.”

May 29, 2018
AFSCME Council 31 students win scholarships

Union membership helps workers build a better future for their families. AFSCME members and their families also benefit from annual scholarship opportunities to pursue their education goals.

May 24, 2018
New! Back pay bill passes House & Senate

HB 4290, the bill providing funding for wages owed to state employees since 2011, passed out of the Illinois House of Representatives with a veto-proof majority on May 24 and out of the Senate with unanimous support on May 30.

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.

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