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Category: State Budget

Jun 22, 2019
State employees ratify new union contract

The new contract comes after months of negotiations between AFSCME and the Pritzker administration—and nearly four years of conflict with former governor Bruce Rauner, who walked out on contract talks in January 2016.

Jun 14, 2019
Back pay for steps to get underway

AFSCME never quit battling for justice since ousted governor Bruce Rauner illegally froze employee step increases on July 1, 2015. Finally, state of Illinois employees are back in step and will get their back wages by the end of this September.

Jun 05, 2019
Budget includes good news for disability, youth care agencies

In an extraordinarily challenging time, AFSCME members succeeded in sharing their story and fighting for continued progress for the adults and youth they serve every day.

May 31, 2019
Gov. Pritzker, AFSCME announce tentative agreement on new state contract

Early this morning, Governor JB Pritzker’s administration and AFSCME Council 31 reached a tentative agreement on a new contract. Terms will be released after union members have the opportunity to review and vote on the tentative agreement.

Jan 29, 2019
AFSCME members set 2019 legislative agenda

More than 500 delegates from AFSCME local unions across the state braved single digit temperatures, wind and snow to gather in Springfield for the biennial AFSCME Legislative Conference to set the union’s 2019 legislative agenda.

Jan 28, 2019
State employees to be placed on correct step effective April 1

The Pritzker administration has told state agencies to put employees on their rightful steps no later than April 1.

Jan 28, 2019
Supreme Court grants extension to state in impasse case

The Supreme Court entered an order granting "in part" the State's motion for an extension to decide whether to appeal the appellate court’s finding that Bruce Rauner had wrongly broken off state contract negotiations based on a false claim of impasse.

Jan 15, 2019
Pritzker Administration puts a hold on Rauner’s closure of DHS office

Through their union, AFSCME, human services employees spoke out against a push by the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) to close its office—known as a family community resource center—in Havana. Now the decision is being revisited.

Jan 14, 2019
Good riddance, Rauner—JB Pritzker becomes Illinois governor

Bruce Rauner is out the door. That’s good news for the countless Illinois citizens who were grievously harmed by his vengeance politics, especially the thousands of state employees who were the prime targets of his animus.

Jul 19, 2018
AFSCME members won’t back down

The US Supreme Court’s majority sided with the super-rich in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 on June 27. But AFSCME members know that our freedom to have a strong voice on the job is under assault—and they’re pledging to stick with their union.