Category: Layoffs

Jun 18, 2018
Bruce Rauner hurt Western Illinois University

Bruce Rauner visited a campus of Western Illinois University—where hundreds of AFSCME Local 417 members work—on June 14. He failed to mention the damage he did to the WIU over the last three years.

Dec 19, 2017
Workforce Woes

Chicago Federation of Labor President Jorge Ramirez counters the Chicago Tribune's faulty arguments about Cook County employees and the vital public services they provide to residents in a Dec. 16 letter to the editor.

Dec 18, 2017
Court blocks layoffs of 155 Cook County Circuit Court employees

Due to a lawsuit brought by Cook County Circuit Court Chief Judge Timothy Evans, all layoffs slated for his office are halted—for now.

Nov 22, 2017
Cook County Board votes to lay off hundreds

A vigorous grassroots lobbying effort helped reduce number of AFSCME members who will lose their jobs after Cook CountyBoard unanimously passed a budget that included 321 layoffs.

Nov 15, 2017
Layoffs in Cook County jail, probation could undermine public safety

AFSCME Council 31 Executive Director Roberta Lynch and local union leaders issued this statement on Tuesday, Nov. 14, blasting planned Cook County layoffs.

Oct 24, 2017
Threat of service cuts, layoffs in Cook County

The Cook County board voted to repeal the tax on sweetened beverages, which was essential to filling the county’s gaping budget hole. Without new revenue, the county will look to service cuts and layoffs.

Aug 11, 2017
Cook County layoffs halted

Awaiting a court decision on the legality of a new tax on sugary beverages, Cook County issued layoff notices to hundreds of employees in July, including more than 100 AFSCME members.

Apr 12, 2017
University cutbacks spark protest

Union members protest Bruce Rauner’s budget crisis as funding cuts threaten long-term damage to our state’s public higher education.

Aug 09, 2016
Aurora community speaks out to save library services

More than 100 community members filled the West Branch of the Aurora Public Library on August 8 to protest the Library Board's planned cuts to staff and services. Many in the standing room only crowd wore stickers demanding "No cuts!"

Oct 27, 2016
Cook County budget plan threatens jobs and services

The Preckwinkle Administration’s proposed FY17 Cook County budget has a $133 million shortfall. Without new revenue to fill the hole, the administration projects up to 500 layoffs.