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Sep 21, 2017
New! Rauner rewrites history on child care cuts

After cutting child care for 30,000 children, Gov. Rauner restored some of the cuts to the Child Care Assistance Program. Then pretended the cuts weren’t his in the first place.

Sep 18, 2017
New! Inmate attack reveals dangerous conditions

In a violent attack over the weekend at East Moline Correctional Center, an inmate repeatedly struck a correctional officer in the head with a rock. The officer was working alone on the unit and struggled to call for help on a faulty radio.

Aug 30, 2017
Unions are about economic freedom

If workers don’t have the freedom to form unions, there is no front-line defense against unfair wages, harmful policies and eroding public services. That’s why America needs unions more than ever.

Aug 21, 2017
New! Union members block anti-worker legislation

More than 300,000 Missourians signed petitions demanding a public vote to repeal a new state right-to-work-for-less law, effectively blocking its implementation.

Aug 18, 2017
New! Gov. Rauner vetoes taxpayer accountability bill

The governor vetoed legislation that aimed to curb reckless privatization and ensure accountability to taxpayers by preventing the state from privatizing services currently performed by state employees without first meeting rigorous requirements.

Aug 17, 2017
Garbage collectors at high risk of injury, death

AFSCME members working in sanitation have one of the most dangerous public service jobs. They have higher risk of death on the job than police officers or firefighters.

Aug 11, 2017
New! Rockford school employees gain contracts

After a long struggle for fairness that climaxed in a three-day strike, nearly 1,000 AFSCME members at Rockford Public Schools successfully blocked the district’s privatization attempts, improved their wages and protected their health insurance.

Aug 11, 2017
New! Cook County layoffs halted

Awaiting a court decision on the legality of a new tax on sugary beverages, Cook County issued layoff notices to hundreds of employees in July, including more than 100 AFSCME members.

Jul 11, 2017
The truth about the Illinois balanced budget

Political foes are spreading misinformation about the balanced budget plan approved by both parties. Get the facts from Illinois Working Together.

Jul 07, 2017
Illinois General Assembly overrides Rauner, passes balanced budget

After two years in which Rauner held the budget hostage to his own political agenda, the governor’s budget blockade is finally over.

Jun 29, 2017
Bargaining underway for Chicago and Cook County employees

Contract negotiations are getting underway for 21 AFSCME locals in city and county government this summer. Fiscal constraints promise bargaining challenges.

Jun 29, 2017
Rauner tries end run on health care

Special Session is not exempt from Gov. Rauner’s schemes, including his demand for massive cuts to the state group health insurance program.

Jun 29, 2017
Rauner’s privatization scheme goes bad

Gov. Rauner rushed to privatize state employee benefits administration, outsourcing the work from Springfield to Georgia—part of a $94 million contract with a foreign corporation.

Jun 01, 2017
Fight for fair wages continues, $15 minimum wage bill heads to governor’s desk

General Assembly heads into overtime without final action on bill to raise wages for disability services workers, but bill raising state minimum wage to $15 an hour did pass.

Jun 01, 2017
Rauner calls Special Session, still blocking budget

Rauner still holding Illinois hostage to his anti-worker demands, inflicting untold damage on the state.

May 25, 2017
Bill setting privatization safeguards goes to Rauner’s desk

Legislation aiming to curb reckless privatization and ensure accountability to taxpayers passed out of the Illinois General Assembly with a Senate vote on May 25. The measure had already passed the House.

May 16, 2017
New corporate tax giveaway despite budget crisis

A recent study shows more than 2/3 of Illinois corporations pay no state income tax. But a move is afoot in Springfield to expand corporate tax breaks. The Center for Tax and Budget Accountability has all the facts.

Apr 12, 2017
University cutbacks spark protest

Union members protest Bruce Rauner’s budget crisis as funding cuts threaten long-term damage to our state’s public higher education.

Apr 11, 2017
Chicago aldermen urge Gov. Rauner to negotiate with state workers

The Chicago City Council overwhelmingly approved a resolution on March 29, calling on Rauner to return to the bargaining table with state workers and their unions.

Apr 04, 2017
Supreme Court denies Rauner request for direct appeal

Illinois high court rejects governor's push to bypass appellate level in state employee impasse case.

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