News
Jul 17, 2017
New! Stop Cook County layoffs

In the wake of a court order halting implementation of a new tax on sugary beverages, the Preckwinkle Administration is taking steps to lay off hundreds of County employees. AFSCME members are mobilizing to stop the layoffs.

Jul 11, 2017
New! The truth about the Illinois balanced budget

Political foes are spreading misinformation about the balanced budget plan approved by both parties. Get the facts from Illinois Working Together.

Jul 07, 2017
New! Illinois General Assembly overrides Rauner, passes balanced budget

After two years in which Rauner held the budget hostage to his own political agenda, the governor’s budget blockade is finally over.

Jun 29, 2017
New! Bargaining underway for Chicago and Cook County employees

Contract negotiations are getting underway for 21 AFSCME locals in city and county government this summer. Fiscal constraints promise bargaining challenges.

Jun 29, 2017
Rauner tries end run on health care

Special Session is not exempt from Gov. Rauner’s schemes, including his demand for massive cuts to the state group health insurance program.

Jun 29, 2017
Rauner’s privatization scheme goes bad

Gov. Rauner rushed to privatize state employee benefits administration, outsourcing the work from Springfield to Georgia—part of a $94 million contract with a foreign corporation.

Jun 23, 2017
Rockford school bus drivers block privatization, ratify contract

Bus drivers at Rockford Public Schools District 205, members of AFSCME Local 1275, overwhelmingly voted to ratify a new union contract on May 26, blocking the school board’s privatization scheme.

Jun 01, 2017
New! Fight for fair wages continues, $15 minimum wage bill heads to governor’s desk

General Assembly heads into overtime without final action on bill to raise wages for disability services workers, but bill raising state minimum wage to $15 an hour did pass.

Jun 01, 2017
New! Rauner calls Special Session, still blocking budget

Rauner still holding Illinois hostage to his anti-worker demands, inflicting untold damage on the state.

May 25, 2017
New! Bill setting privatization safeguards goes to Rauner’s desk

Legislation aiming to curb reckless privatization and ensure accountability to taxpayers passed out of the Illinois General Assembly with a Senate vote on May 25. The measure had already passed the House.

May 16, 2017
New corporate tax giveaway despite budget crisis

A recent study shows more than 2/3 of Illinois corporations pay no state income tax. But a move is afoot in Springfield to expand corporate tax breaks. The Center for Tax and Budget Accountability has all the facts.

Apr 12, 2017
University cutbacks spark protest

Union members protest Bruce Rauner’s budget crisis as funding cuts threaten long-term damage to our state’s public higher education.

Apr 11, 2017
Chicago aldermen urge Gov. Rauner to negotiate with state workers

The Chicago City Council overwhelmingly approved a resolution on March 29, calling on Rauner to return to the bargaining table with state workers and their unions.

Apr 04, 2017
Supreme Court denies Rauner request for direct appeal

Illinois high court rejects governor's push to bypass appellate level in state employee impasse case.

Apr 03, 2017
Judge Neil Gorsuch puts profits over people

Newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch will tilt court toward corporations and against working people.

Mar 23, 2017
Awaiting court's decision in state paychecks case

A three-judge appellate panel heard the appeal from the Attorney General to dissolve the court order ensuring state employees are being paid despite the budget standoff.

Mar 16, 2017
Union protests unsafe conditions at Pontiac Correctional Center

AFSCME members at Pontiac Correctional Center spoke out on assaults by inmates, proposing steps to improve safety.

Mar 03, 2017
Appellate court puts labor board impasse decision on hold, Rauner cannot impose terms on state workers

An appellate court granted AFSCME's request to put on hold the labor board decision in contract negotiations between our union and Gov. Rauner. As a result, Governor Rauner cannot impose his terms.

Jan 26, 2017
Despite protest, Rockford Public School Board votes to impose extreme terms on employees

Following in Bruce Rauner’s footsteps, the Rockford Public Schools Board of Education voted to impose its ‘last, best and final’ offer on employees at a board meeting packed with union members pressing to continue negotiations.

Jan 25, 2017
State Contract Info Center

While state employees are working hard every day to serve the people of Illinois, they also worry about their future and that of their families. Get the facts from AFSCME about the fight for a fair state contract.

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