In this video, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren stirringly defends public services, the employees who provide them, our union and the labor movement. The special message from Senator Warren was screened at the Council 31 PEOPLE conference.
Local union leaders from across the state met at the Council 31 PEOPLE Conference to make candidate recommendations and reaffirm the union’s commitment to defeating Bruce Rauner. To that end, delegates voted to support Pat Quinn in the race for governor.
Billionaire CEO Bruce Rauner wants to follow Wisconsin, where public-service workers lost their rights at work and thousands of dollars from their paychecks to Gov. Scott Walker. Hear from Wisconsin AFSCME members why Rauner must be stopped.
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.
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.
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.
Boycott Golan's Moving & Storage in Skokie until management negotiates in good faith with striking employees!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
AFCSME Local 726 is rallying the community behind a police officer and AFSCME member who was shot while investigating a drug case.
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.
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.
Rauner is on the record calling public employee unions “immoral” and “corrupt” and expressing his admiration for union-busting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
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.
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.
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.
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."