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Aug 28, 2014
New! Judge grants union motion to rescind retiree health care premium hikes

Health care premiums for State of Illinois and state university retirees will return to previous levels thanks to a preliminary injunction halting the implementation of a law that allowed the state to increase premiums unilaterally.

Aug 28, 2014
New! The Real Rauner: Shut Down Government, Fire Workers, Cut Their Pay

Bruce Rauner says that if he's elected, he would shut down the government and fire state workers. It's a key part of his agenda to slash public employee pay and weaken their retirement security.

Aug 20, 2014
Action! Make sure you are registered to vote

This election is crucial, especially for public-service employees. And it's easy to register. So make sure you, your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers can vote on Election Day, Nov. 4.

Aug 19, 2014
New! State gambles on lottery privatization – and loses

The state is moving to abruptly end its contract with a for-profit firm hired to manage the state lottery in another example of privatization failing to live up to its promises.

Aug 12, 2014
Cook County employees send message to Preckwinkle

After 20 months of negotiations, Cook County employees are delivering a message to County Board President Toni Preckwinkle: It’s time to get real and reach a fair settlement.

Aug 12, 2014
New! State employees welcome back wage payment

State employees in five departments have now received partial payment of wages owed for more than two years. Payments were the result of a hard-fought appropriation measure enacted in the spring legislative session.

Aug 08, 2014
The Real Rauner: Collective Bargaining

Billionaire Bruce Rauner says as governor he would dismantle unions, stripping workers of their rights and silencing their voice on the job. Rauner also pushes so-called right-to-work laws that cut wages and worsen the income gap.

Jul 03, 2014
State Supreme Court says retiree health benefits are protected by constitution

The Illinois Supreme Court has issued a forceful decision overturning a lower court’s dismissal of an AFSCME-backed lawsuit challenging cuts to retiree health care benefits. The court found that these benefits are protected by the state constitution.

Aug 05, 2014
Wounded officer gets strong support from AFSCME family

AFCSME Local 726 is rallying the community behind a police officer and AFSCME member who was shot while investigating a drug case.

Aug 04, 2014
Roberta Lynch sworn in as Executive Director of AFSCME Council 31

Roberta Lynch was sworn in as the new executive director of AFSCME Council 31 on Aug. 1, completing a transition set in motion in June when Henry Bayer announced his retirement.

Jul 28, 2014
Judge rules against Murray parents; DHS says “long process” ahead

A federal judge dealt a setback to efforts to keep open the Murray Developmental Center in Centralia, which the state has sought to close despite concerns over resident care.

Jul 28, 2014
New video highlights Rauner’s attacks on public employee unions

Rauner is on the record calling public employee unions “immoral” and “corrupt” and expressing his admiration for union-busting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

Jul 28, 2014
Stand with postal workers – don’t shop Staples

Staples and the U.S. Postal Service have cut a deal that jeopardizes your mail service and your local post office. Fight this attempt to privatize Postal Service work.

Jul 29, 2014
The tragic consequences of closing psychiatric centers

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart’s op-ed in the Chicago Tribune depicts the dire consequences of closing down public mental health services and argues for ensuring access to in-treatment for individuals with mental illness.

Jun 09, 2014
Mayor Emanuel's pension cuts signed into law; unions will sue

AFSCME and its partners in the We Are One Chicago coalition of unions announced they will sue to overturn Mayor Emanuel's unfair, unconstitutional pension-cutting plan.

Jun 30, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court ruling part of broader attack on rights of workers

Home care workers are determined to keep advocating for fair pay and better care, but Harris v. Quinn "made clear the assault on workers' rights will not abate."

Jun 25, 2014
New! City of Chicago employees ratify new contract

City of Chicago employees represented by AFSCME overwhelmingly ratified a five-year contract that includes fair wages and protections against privatization.

Jun 19, 2014
New! City of Chicago tentative agreement reached

After two years at the negotiating table, the City of Chicago AFSCME Bargaining Committee reached a tentative agreement with the Emanuel Administration on the evening of June 18. Ratification meetings will be held on Tuesday, June 24.

Jun 06, 2014
New! Cook County employees to picket for a fair contract

On June 10, Cook County AFSCME members will hold informational pickets at more than a dozen worksites to demand a fair contract settlement.

Jun 02, 2014
State budget cuts devastating for community disability workers

The FY 15 budget adopted by state lawmakers wipes out Governor Quinn’s proposed $1/hour increase for low-wage disability support workers in community agencies.

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