Voters in the Quad Cities, Joliet, Champaign and Springfield have the chance to elect leaders endorsed by AFSCME who will support public employees and labor unions.
The April 7 election in Chicago is our chance to elect an independent City Council with aldermen who will stand up for working people.
A U.S. District Court judge rejected an attempt by Gov. Bruce Rauner to move a union-backed lawsuit on fair-share fees from state court to federal court.
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.
Along with AFSCME, the Illinois AFL-CIO, laborers, teachers and other unions joined in criticizing proposals put forward by Gov. Rauner that would hurt middle-class families.
"The governor is wrong to propose a budget that gives billions in tax breaks to corporations and the wealthy, while making billions in cuts to vital public services," AFSCME Council 31 executive director Roberta Lynch said.
Council 31 Executive Director Roberta Lynch called the governor’s executive order a “blatantly illegal abuse of power.”
Council 31 Executive Director Roberta Lynch said that the union welcomed "recognition of the dangerous conditions in our state’s prisons," but strongly criticized the governor's policies that would drive down wages in the public and private sectors.
In Springfield, Chicago, Decatur, and the Quad Cities, labor leaders strongly criticized Bruce Rauner’s attempt to blame unions for the state’s economic woes. In Champaign, union members turned out to protest his appearance.