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May 03, 2016
Bipartisan commission votes down resolution to close IYC Kewanee

AFSCME is working to reverse the Rauner Administration's plan to close Illinois Youth Center at Kewanee, which houses uniquely vulnerable youth. The union's efforts got a big boost when the commission voted to reject the closure on May 3.

May 02, 2016
Retirees, protect your pension: SERS Annuitant Trustee Election

AFSCME is supporting John Tilden for Annuitant Representative in the upcoming mail-ballot election for the State Employees’ Retirement System Board of Trustees.

Apr 26, 2016
Rauner is Wrong: May 18 March & Rally in Springfield

AFSCME Council 31 joins labor, community and religious allies from across Illinois in a massive Springfield march and rally against Bruce Rauner’s demolition politics on Wednesday, May 18.

Apr 26, 2016
New! Will County Health Department forced to lay off 50 employees

Due to a $2.1 million shortfall caused by the state budget crisis, the Will County Health Department announced a layoff of more than 50 employees, affecting a wide range of vital services on which citizens depend.

Apr 26, 2016
New! Firefighters Respond to Tribune Editorial

Read Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois President Pat Devaney’s response to the Chicago Tribune’s anti-union editorial in an unpublished letter to the publication’s editor.

Apr 25, 2016
Illinois Labor Board hearing on unfair labor practice charges begins

The Illinois Labor Relations Board hearing on whether or not contract negotiations between 38,000 AFSCME-represented state employees and the Rauner Administration are truly at impasse began on Monday, April 25 in Springfield.

Apr 25, 2016
Illinois Working Together: Labor launches new anti-Rauner coalition

AFSCME Council 31 is proud to partner with Illinois Working Together, a diverse coalition of labor organizations committed to fighting back against Bruce Rauner’s attacks on working families and to protecting the vital services all Illinoisans rely on.

Apr 20, 2016
New! Statehouse rally for higher education

AFSCME members from across the state joined a massive rally in Springfield on April 20. Participants rallied and marched to urge legislators and the governor to find a funding solution for Illinois colleges and universities.

Apr 12, 2016
General Assembly acts on state employee back pay

AFSCME secures back pay for state employees in legislation approved by General Assembly after the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that back wages owed for five years are not due without a legislative appropriation.

Mar 24, 2016
State Supreme Court issues back-pay ruling

The Illinois Supreme Court reversed lower court decisions regarding state employees' back wages, ruling that back pay is not owed without a legislative appropriation. AFSCME is now focused on securing the monies owed in the General Assembly.

Feb 24, 2016
MAP matters for Illinois students and families

The Illinois Monetary Award Program provides 125,000 students with the opportunity to go to college. Gov. Rauner vetoed the MAP bill, once again jeopardizing many students’ college careers. Legislators will vote soon on whether to override that veto.

Mar 28, 2016
Lawmakers hold public hearing on proposed IYC Kewanee closure

A bipartisan legislative commission will hold a public hearing on the proposed closure at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30 in the Kewanee High School Gym. Union members and community supporters will be there to speak out against the closure.

Mar 24, 2016
Chicago pension cuts struck down by Illinois Supreme Court

"This ruling strengthens the promise of dignity in retirement for those who serve our communities, and reinforces the Illinois Constitution, our state's highest law," said AFSCME and other unions that brought the challenge.

Mar 17, 2016
PEOPLE power beats big money on primary election day

March 15 should go down in history as one of the most significant defeats for big money in American politics. Bruce Rauner's super-rich crowd spent $7 million on two legislative races but lost both.

Mar 19, 2016
AFSCME volunteers help propel winning campaigns

With spirit, determination and shoe leather, AFSCME members and retirees played critical roles in March primaries where candidates friendly to working families prevailed.

Apr 12, 2016
New! Direct Support Personnel press for a pay increase

Direct Support Personnel (DSPs) who work with individuals with developmental disabilities struggle with poverty-level wages caused by the state's failure to raise reimbursement rates for their nonprofit agency employers.

Apr 01, 2016
Court won't vote to weaken unions

The U.S. Supreme Court has dealt a setback to the super-rich special interests behind Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. Working people are more determined than ever to band together and stand up to future attempts to silence our voices.

Mar 04, 2016
Calls needed to push for override of HB 580 veto

HB 580 has passed the General Assembly but Governor Rauner has already vowed to veto it. The bill provides all state employees the option of neutral arbitration to settle union contracts with the Rauner Administration and keep state government running.

Feb 26, 2016
New! AFSCME members, NEIU students rally for university funding

"We are in a crisis situation," AFSCME Local 1989 president Ellen Larrimore said, "and there's a strong sense that Governor Rauner doesn't care."

Feb 23, 2016
New! AFSCME members elected to SERS Board of Trustees

Three AFSCME members were elected to the State Employees’ Retiree System of Illinois (SERS) Board of Trustees, which is responsible for overseeing a pension system that provides benefits to over 140,000 active and retired state employees.

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