Jul 20, 2016
New! AFSCME members across the country stand with Illinois

More than 3,000 AFSCME delegates to the 42nd International Convention meeting this week in Las Vegas overwhelmingly approved a resolution of solidarity with Illinois members who are confronting one of the most fiercely anti-union governors in the country.

Jul 15, 2016
Never Quit: 42nd AFSCME International Convention

As union members face an unprecedented assault on basic bargaining rights, delegates from AFSCME local unions in Illinois will help shape our union’s strategy to fight back at AFSCME’s 42nd International Convention from July 18 to 22. We never quit.

Jul 13, 2016
New! Aurora Public Library employees, patrons protest cuts at City Hall

Aurora library employees, patrons, kids and families held a “Read-In at City Hall” to fight proposed cuts to library hours and services.

Jul 07, 2016
Labor Board says NO to Rauner speed-up request

The Illinois Labor Relations Board voted unanimously to deny the Rauner Administration’s motion to bypass a recommended decision from the judge who presided over hearings into the Unfair Labor Practice charges filed by Gov. Rauner and by AFSCME.

Jun 29, 2016
Illinois higher education crisis at tipping point

AFSCME members, allies urge full funding of state universities now, and with none of Gov. Rauner’s harmful poison-pill demands.

Jun 14, 2016
President Obama endorses Hillary Clinton for President

President Barack Obama endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for President of the United States in this video on June 9, 2016.

Jun 10, 2016
New! Gov. Rauner vetoes back pay, social services funding

Gov. Rauner has vetoed Senate Bill 2046, legislation to fund the back pay owed to thousands of state employees, as well as critical social services, public health and higher education.

Jun 06, 2016
From an AFSCME family to a Nashville star

One of the brightest new country stars in Nashville, Margo Price comes from an AFSCME family in Illinois.

Jun 02, 2016
Lawmakers call for return to bargaining but refuse to support HB 580, the fair arbitration bill

When the governor sharply rejected seven Republican legislators’ call to return to the bargaining table, these same legislators refused to support their constituents.

Jun 02, 2016
Retirees elect advocate to SERS Board

Retirees elected John Tilden as their Annuitant Representative on the State Employees’ Retirement System Board of Trustees.

May 27, 2016
New! AFSCME sanitation worker goes viral

When the special friendship between a three-year-old girl and an AFSCME Local 699 sanitation worker in Bloomington, Ill., went viral, the world got a lesson in kindness.

May 25, 2016
New! House fails to override Rauner veto of fair arbitration bill, HB 580

The House fell short of the margin needed to enact the fair arbitration bill over the governor's veto. See inside for AFSCME's statement in response.

May 18, 2016
10,000 rally in Springfield, demand Governor Rauner stop hurting Illinois

Working families and community groups call on the Governor and his legislative enablers to drop their harmful demands and make Illinois a place that works for all.

May 16, 2016
Rauner water-carriers recycle old falsehoods

Days before Gov. Rauner vetoed HB 580, legislation to provide a fair path to a state contract, his loyal minions at the Illinois Policy Institute rushed out a “report” that recycles long-discredited claims regarding state workers' compensation.

May 16, 2016
Rauner vetoes fair arbitration bill

After walking away from negotiations, the governor seeks to impose his demands on state public service workers by blocking House Bill 580, legislation that provides a responsible path to a fair contract for all state employees.

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.

Apr 26, 2016
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
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.

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