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Oct 28, 2014
Important information about Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment

The Open Enrollment period for State and University retirees on State of Illinois Medicare Advantage plans runs until November 15.

Oct 29, 2014
Action! Chicago retirees battle big health care cuts

City of Chicago Retirees should call their aldermen today and tell them: Retirees can’t afford such big increases in our health costs!

Oct 27, 2014
New! Forbes columnist calls out Rauner for hypocrisy, secrecy on pensions

Bruce Rauner wants to eliminate pensions for public employees, yet holds up his work managing their assets as a success – all while refusing to disclose the tactics he used to make his fortune.

Oct 23, 2014
New! AFSCME debunks phony Rauner ad

Bruce Rauner's latest misleading ad features a former president of AFSCME Local 993. In fact, the guy was local president for just seven months five years ago, before the members forced his resignation.

Oct 20, 2014
New! Early voting is now open – cast your ballot today!

You can vote early in this critical election. Don't wait until Election Day! Click to find early voting locations and hours in your area.

Oct 10, 2014
New! Stephenson County nursing home employees picket for a fair contract

More than a year after forming a union, AFSCME members at Stephenson County Nursing Center held a picket to draw attention to management’s refusal to negotiate a fair contract for workers who care for some of the county’s most vulnerable residents.

Oct 09, 2014
New! Status hearing keeps pension lawsuit moving forward

A circuit court judge scheduled for Nov. 20 oral arguments on whether the law cutting pensions for state and state university employees is unconstitutional due to the state constitution’s Pension Protection Clause.

Oct 07, 2014
The Real Rauner: Privatization and Outsourcing Jobs

Bruce Rauner says as governor, "he would outsource state services," following Indiana's Mitch Daniels, who privatized prisons, human services and roads. Rauner's firm profited by shipping jobs overseas as well as private probation, school buses and more.

Oct 07, 2014
New! Setback for privatization in East Moline

A strong organizing and lobbying effort by AFSCME members helped persuade the East Moline City Council to reject a bid to privatize garbage services that would have increased fees on residents and put good jobs at risk.

Oct 03, 2014
New! VIDEO: Republican senior advocate says Rauner is “wrong for seniors” and Illinois

A longtime senior citizen advocate and Republican voter says Bruce Rauner’s ties to neglect and abuse at nursing homes owned by his firm show why he’s the wrong choice in the race for governor.

Sep 30, 2014
AFSCME wins appellate court decision on state employee back pay

The union won an Illinois appellate court ruling that frontline state employees are owed the wages spelled out in their union contract, and the legislature's failure to appropriate sufficient funds cannot erase the state's obligation to pay.

Sep 27, 2014
Rauner’s “role model” falls short

Bruce Rauner sees Indiana’s anti-union, pro-privatization experiment as a model for how he’d run Illinois. But the latest news from the Hoosier State shows the results: weakened retirement security and bankruptcies.

Sep 18, 2014
Action! Join the Union Defense Team!

Defeating Bruce Rauner is going to require the efforts of AFSCME members throughout the state telling voters the truth about Rauner’s anti-worker agenda. Click here to sign up to participate in the outreach effort in your community!

Sep 17, 2014
Unions ask Emanuel to win back money lost on “toxic swaps”

AFSCME and other unions have asked Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to take back from Wall Street hundreds of millions of dollars the city has lost due to fraudulent interest rate swaps.

Sep 15, 2014
Sen. Elizabeth Warren greets Illinois AFSCME members [VIDEO]

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.

Sep 15, 2014
AFSCME sets course for November election

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.

Sep 03, 2014
New! VIDEO: A warning from Wisconsin

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.

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
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 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.

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