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Jan 19, 2018
New! Paul Booth: In Memoriam

The labor movement lost one of its most dedicated and diligent advocates with the passing of Paul Booth on January 17. More than forty years ago, Paul helped to lay the foundation for the strong and vibrant union that AFSCME Council 31 has become today.

Jan 18, 2018
New! The REAL IPI: Illinois Policy Institute bashes public employees non-stop

The IPI suddenly claims to be incredibly concerned about the well-being of Illinois workers. But why would an organization that’s been beating up on public workers since its founding now decide to champion their rights? Something doesn’t smell right.

Jan 16, 2018
New! Union scholarships

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

Jan 10, 2018
Action! AFSCME renews push for back pay appropriation

When the Illinois General Assembly comes back into session, AFSCME’s lobbying team will be working to build support for Senate Bill 2269, legislation that would fund the remaining back pay owed to thousands of state employees since 2011.

Jan 10, 2018
New! Sen. Andy Manar champions back pay bill

Andy Manar, the Democratic State Senator from Macoupin County in central Illinois, is the chief sponsor of Senate Bill 2269—legislation to appropriate funds for back wages owed to state employees since 2011.

Jan 09, 2018
New! AFSCME welcomes lawmakers’ involvement in Quincy Veterans’ Home crisis

AFSCME submitted written testimony to the Joint Hearing of the Senate and House Veterans Affairs Committees on January 9 regarding the health crisis at Quincy Veterans’ Home.

Jan 02, 2018
New! Rauner, unchanged

In a recent editorial board interview about why he’s seeking reelection, Bruce Rauner made clear that his overriding goal remains crushing labor unions.

Dec 20, 2017
Republican Tax Bill Passes Congress—Enriches the Already Rich

U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy sums up the GOP tax plan: “Our congressional leaders ... have chosen a massive, permanent gift to the richest corporations—paid for by mothers working double shifts, by low-income students... and by vulnerable Americans."

Dec 19, 2017
Workforce Woes

Chicago Federation of Labor President Jorge Ramirez counters the Chicago Tribune's faulty arguments about Cook County employees and the vital public services they provide to residents in a Dec. 16 letter to the editor.

Dec 18, 2017
Court blocks layoffs of 155 Cook County Circuit Court employees

Due to a lawsuit brought by Cook County Circuit Court Chief Judge Timothy Evans, all layoffs slated for his office are halted—for now.

Dec 15, 2017
Rauner appeals court ruling that employees owed step increases

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's administration has appealed the appellate court ruling that Rauner is violating state labor law by refusing to allow thousands of state workers to move as scheduled through the state pay plan.

Dec 15, 2017
Standing up against workplace violence

AFSCME members in the Departments of Corrections and Juvenile Justice are advocating for safer policies in response to increasing assaults on staff—and among offenders—in correctional facilities. Watch their testimony at a Dec. 5 legislative hearing.

Dec 14, 2017
AFSCME on the Job: Laura Riggins, Zookeeper

Laura Riggins is an animal handler at the Niabi Zoo in Coal Valley, Illinois. She also serves as a steward in her union, AFSCME Local 2025, Rock Island County Employees. She never has a dull day on the job.

Dec 13, 2017
Gov. Bruce Rauner: “I’m not in charge”

While the governor of Illinois claims he’s not in charge, we beg to differ. He’s been the state’s chief executive for nearly three years and “in charge” of a lot of damage.

Dec 11, 2017
On-duty AFSCME members injured

Two Cook County sheriff’s police officers, both members of AFSCME Local 2264, were hit by a drunk driver while on-duty late on Tuesday, December 5th.

Dec 04, 2017
Republican tax scheme passes U.S. Senate

On Dec. 1, Republicans in the U.S. Senate rushed through a massive rewrite of the federal tax code that is nothing more than a giveaway to corporations and big business, with middle class families left holding the bag.

Nov 06, 2017
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 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 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.

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.

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