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Apr 01, 2015
New! Rauner’s “right-to-work” plan not welcome in Oswego

Dozens of union workers and retirees packed a Village Board meeting to let local officials know they oppose weakening union rights in their community.

Mar 27, 2015
New! Support pro-worker candidates throughout Illinois

Voters in the Quad Cities, Joliet, Champaign and Springfield have the chance to elect leaders endorsed by AFSCME who will support public employees and labor unions.

Mar 27, 2015
New! Vote for real change in Chicago

The April 7 election in Chicago is our chance to elect an independent City Council with aldermen who will stand up for working people.

Mar 25, 2015
Rauner move on fair-share fees flops in federal court

A U.S. District Court judge rejected an attempt by Gov. Bruce Rauner to move a union-backed lawsuit on fair-share fees from state court to federal court.

Mar 24, 2015
New! Early voting now open for upcoming elections

You don’t have to wait until April 7 to vote in the upcoming election. Early voting locations are now open throughout the state through April 4.

Mar 24, 2015
Assaults target DOC, DJJ employees

Three violent attacks against employees in the departments of Corrections and Juvenile Justice make clear the need to address overcrowding and understaffing.

Mar 20, 2015
Comptroller contradicts Rauner’s claim on fair-share confiscation

Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger has denied claims made by Gov. Bruce Rauner that her office devised the latest plan for illegally withholding fair-share fees.

Mar 20, 2015
Rauner’s “legally questionable” move targets fair-share fees

Gov. Rauner’s obsession with undermining labor unions took a strange turn as he ordered state agencies to perform possibly illegal actions aimed at depleting union resources.

Mar 17, 2015
Direct support providers turn out to oppose budget cuts

AFSCME members who care for people with developmental disabilities helped pack a Senate hearing and spoke out against cuts to community disability agencies in Gov. Rauner’s proposed budget.

Mar 12, 2015
Public employees, retirees urge high court to declare pension cuts unconstitutional

The Illinois Supreme Court heard oral arguments on whether it should affirm a lower court decision that struck down a law cutting pensions for SERS, SURS and TRS members.

Mar 20, 2015
Stand with oil workers fighting for workplace safety

Striking oil industry workers represented by the United Steelworkers have reached agreements to return to work in some locations, but others are still fighting for fairness and safety on the job.

Mar 09, 2015
Why prevailing wages and project labor agreements matter

Public employees should stand in unity with workers in the construction trades to defend policies that promote the creation of good jobs that support families and communities.

Feb 11, 2015
New study: Switching to 401(k)-style plans is a loser for states

When three state governments eliminated defined-benefit pensions in favor of 401(k)-style plans, promised savings failed to materialize and funding gaps actually worsened.

Mar 05, 2015
New! Unions file suit to halt governor’s illegal action

The Illinois AFL-CIO, AFSCME and 25 other unions have filed suit to invalidate Gov. Rauner’s executive order blocking state agencies from collecting “fair-share” fees.

Feb 26, 2015
Rauner budget benefits the wealthy few

The expiration of last year's income tax rates is costing the state $5 billion a year. The resulting tax breaks benefit the rich, and Gov. Rauner wants to fund them with budget cuts for the rest of us.

Feb 26, 2015
AFSCME-backed candidates prevail in local races

In Chicago and Springfield, AFSCME helped propel to victory candidates who have pledged to stand with working families and defend union rights.

Feb 09, 2015
Illinois labor movement stands together in opposing governor’s agenda

Along with AFSCME, the Illinois AFL-CIO, laborers, teachers and other unions joined in criticizing proposals put forward by Gov. Rauner that would hurt middle-class families.

Feb 18, 2015
AFSCME responds to Gov. Rauner's proposed budget

"The governor is wrong to propose a budget that gives billions in tax breaks to corporations and the wealthy, while making billions in cuts to vital public services," AFSCME Council 31 executive director Roberta Lynch said.

Feb 09, 2015
AFSCME responds to Rauner executive order on fair-share fees

Council 31 Executive Director Roberta Lynch called the governor’s executive order a “blatantly illegal abuse of power.”

Feb 04, 2015
AFSCME responds to governor's State of the State address

Council 31 Executive Director Roberta Lynch said that the union welcomed "recognition of the dangerous conditions in our state’s prisons," but strongly criticized the governor's policies that would drive down wages in the public and private sectors.

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