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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.
AFSCME lost a tireless advocate for public sector retirees on Saturday with the passing of former Retiree Chapter 31 President Doris Clark at the age of 99.
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.
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."
City of Chicago employees represented by AFSCME overwhelmingly ratified a five-year contract that includes fair wages and protections against privatization.
After two years at the negotiating table, the City of Chicago AFSCME Bargaining Committee reached a tentative agreement with the Emanuel Administration on the evening of June 18. Ratification meetings will be held on Tuesday, June 24.
On June 10, Cook County AFSCME members will hold informational pickets at more than a dozen worksites to demand a fair contract settlement.
The FY 15 budget adopted by state lawmakers wipes out Governor Quinn’s proposed $1/hour increase for low-wage disability support workers in community agencies.
After failing to extend income tax rates that would have funded the state’s needs, the General Assembly passed a budget that could force devastating cuts to vital services and jobs.