Members of AFSCME Local 1028 ratified a new contract Thursday night, the culmination of a 15-month long struggle for fair pay, affordable health care and respect on the job that included a 16-day strike by some 1,000 frontline Will County employees.
AFSCME and other unions are taking the fight for retirement security to court, announcing plans to file a lawsuit to have pension-cutting legislation declared unconstitutional.
AFSCME is calling on all members to help reach a goal of collecting 50,000 signatures in support of bringing a fair income tax to Illinois that will allow for higher rates on the wealthy and big corporations.
Lawmakers rushed to court when Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed monies appropriated to pay their wages. But they refused to act on legislation to pay thousands of state employees back wages owed for more than two years.
In the wake of another defeat in the courtroom, the state has backed off its plan to close Murray Developmental Center in Centralia – for now.
At the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the rich are getting richer while working families fall behind. An AFSCME report reveals that clerical and technical staff struggle to makes ends meet as top administrators enjoy big pay hikes.
A plan to privatize breast cancer screenings for low-income women in Chicago fell apart after intense pressure from AFSCME, community health groups and key aldermen.
Nearly 500 employees of the Rockford-based not-for-profit agency Milestone, Inc., a provider of residential and developmental care for adults and children, voted resoundingly to form a union with Council 31.
Direct support workers are fighting for fair wages to lift themselves out of poverty. Let them know you stand with them!
AFSCME is calling the state’s decision to appeal an order to cancel a wasteful privatization agreement “just plain wrong.” Instead, DHS should negotiate with the union to ensure a smooth transition that returns the work to bargaining unit employees.
AFSCME members are working to stop a privatization threat, together with families of residents who include former Congressman Lane Evans and others.
In a letter published in the Chicago Sun-Times, the head of the Illinois AFL-CIO put the blame for the state’s pension crisis where it belongs while calling for passage of a union-backed plan.
State employees targeted by the governor for removal from their bargaining unit under a new law should be aware of their right to appeal.
Hundreds of City of Chicago employees took to the streets Tuesday, September 24, telling Mayor Rahm Emanuel they deserve a fair contract that respects their valuable work.
AFSCME-represented food-service workers and paraprofessional employees in the Rockford School District ratified new collective bargaining agreements, as bus drivers keep fighting for fairness.
On Tuesday, Sept. 24, City of Chicago AFSCME members will hold worksite informational pickets calling on Mayor Emanuel to reach a fair contract settlement that respects their work.
Lawyers representing state and university retirees urged the high court to overturn a lower court ruling that dismissed a challenge to a new law imposing higher health care costs.
AFSCME’s legal challenge to a law that changed the terms of health care benefits for retired state of Illinois and state university employees will soon receive a hearing before the state’s highest court.
Indiana’s “right-to-work- for-less” law, signed last year by a corporate-backed governor, is unconstitutional, a judge ruled last week in a decision that backs the rights of workers over the power of Wall Street.
AFSCME members and retirees turned out in force for a Labor Day parade while also drawing attention to ongoing battles.