Congress is set to act on act on a trade agreement that could weaken the middle class and eliminate good jobs – all with little opportunity for real debate or improvements.
Cinda Klickna, head of the Illinois Education Association, writes that Gov. Bruce Rauner is “is asking communities to commit hurtful acts against their own citizens.”
The Illinois House has passed an AFSCME-backed supplemental appropriation to pay all remaining back wages owed to state employees. The legislation, HB 3763, was approved April 15 by a vote of 88-23-2. It goes to the Senate.
AFSCME and other public employee unions will continue to receive the fees while a union-backed challenge to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s executive order is pending.
The governor has blocked funding for programs that help some of the state’s most vulnerable residents while signing off on wasteful corporate handouts.
In Chicago, Springfield, the Quad Cities and Joliet, candidates who pledged to stand up for working families prevailed in elections held April 7.
In communities throughout Illinois, voters have the chance to elect candidates who will stand up for working people and support strong public services.
Dozens of union workers and retirees packed a Village Board meeting to let local officials know they oppose weakening union rights in their community.
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.
Three violent attacks against employees in the departments of Corrections and Juvenile Justice make clear the need to address overcrowding and understaffing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In Chicago and Springfield, AFSCME helped propel to victory candidates who have pledged to stand with working families and defend union rights.