Nov 25, 2015
Happy Thanksgiving from AFSCME Council 31

Our union gratefully reflects on the spirited determination of every AFSCME member and retiree—and our many supporters.

Nov 24, 2015
New! Cook County sheriff’s police union makes holiday donations to local food pantries

For the fifth year in a row, AFSCME Local 2264 representing Cook County Sheriff’s Police is marking the start of the holiday season by making monetary donations to six food pantries in the townships they patrol.

Nov 18, 2015
New! AFSCME battles to protect Chicago pensions at Supreme Court

In a high court hearing Nov. 17, the union and its partners argued that pension cuts affecting city workers and retirees are unconstitutional and should be overturned.

Nov 12, 2015
New! Stand up for fairness, join a rally near you

Governor Rauner is holding hostage a fair contract for state workers just as he is holding hostage the state budget, all to leverage his anti-worker, anti-union agenda. In response, AFSCME members are rallying for fairness, Dec. 5-10.

Oct 28, 2015
Action! IMRF Trustee election: protect your pension

Three seats on the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Board of Trustees are at stake in a mail-ballot election starting November 2. AFSCME strongly recommends John Piechocinski and Trudy Williams (employees) Sharon Thompson (retiree).

Oct 23, 2015
Despite budget impasse, retirees will continue to receive monthly pension check

State and University Retirees will continue to receive their monthly pension benefit despite an announcement from Comptroller Leslie Munger that Illinois will begin to skip payments to the pension funds due to the ongoing budget impasse.

Oct 19, 2015
VIDEO: AFSCME is Strong, United and Determined

A powerful new video spotlights many of the challenges AFSCME members have overcome in the past two years, and reflects the spirit that will carry us forward. It premiered at the AFSCME Council 31 convention in October.

Oct 05, 2015
Chicago cab drivers protest mayor’s budget

The mayor’s budget proposal is a boon for Uber, a $50 billion enterprise that doesn’t need another giveaway, but a job-killer for hard-working Chicago cab drivers.

Oct 05, 2015
New! After protest, Mayor halts privatization of 311 call center

Mayor Rahm Emanuel originally sought to outsource 311 services, but protest from aldermen, workers and the community - spearheaded by AFSCME Council 31 members - compelled him to reverse the decision and keep 311 in house.

Sep 19, 2015
New! Group health payment freeze could jeopardize access to care

Responding to the state's decision to suspend payments to providers in the group health plan, AFSCME and other unions have filed suit seeking an order to ensure that health and dental care will continue to be provided according to the union contract.

Nov 11, 2015
New! House votes to save Illinois State Museum

Following the Senate's support of the bill, the House voted to save the Illinois State Museum with 82 votes, rejecting Governor Rauner's attempt to close the historic Springfield museum and all branch sites.

Oct 06, 2015
In memory of Wisconsin labor leader, Marty Beil

Marty Beil began his career as a parole officer and union activist more than 40 years ago. He became the director of AFSCME Wisconsin Council 24 and led Wisconsin’s fight against Scott Walker’s assault on public employee collective bargaining.

Sep 12, 2015
New! Illinois Supreme Court hears state employee back pay case

For nearly four years AFSCME has been battling in court—and winning each round—to secure the back pay owed to thousands of state employees. The Illinois Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the dispute on Wednesday, September 23.

Sep 04, 2015
Celebrating Labor Day 2015

This Labor Day we recognize the incredible achievements of America’s working people and celebrate all those who make our country run.

Oct 05, 2015
Union lawsuit pushes Rauner to delay layoffs

The Rauner Administration postponed the layoffs of about 150 state workers, most of them AFSCME members, until a union legal challenge is resolved.

Jul 24, 2015
Appellate court affirms state employees must be paid

An appellate panel in the state's Fifth District has unanimously upheld a temporary restraining order won by AFSCME and other unions in St. Clair County Circuit Court, enabling state workers to be paid on time and in full even without a state budget.

Jun 26, 2015
Save the Hardin County Work Camp!

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

Sep 02, 2015
Override motion of veto of SB 1229, the fair arbitration bill, fails in the House by 3 votes

Rauner's campaign of lies and intimidation leads legislators to vote against will of their constituents.

Jul 26, 2015
UIUC employees call for respect and fair pay

Clerical and technical employees of the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign delivered hundreds of postcards that called on University President Timothy Killeen to be fair and settle a new union contract.

Jul 23, 2015
More NIU employees joining AFSCME

More than 600 clerical and other employees of Northern Illinois University are forming a new union with AFSCME. Some 450 other NIU workers--who provide health care, prepare and serve food, and maintain buildings--are already AFSCME members.

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