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Oct 04, 2018
New! AFSCME, Mendoza turn up media heat on Rauner over steps

The governor’s illegal step freeze and continued foot-dragging are getting news coverage statewide.

Oct 02, 2018
New! More Rauner games on step increases

Governor Rauner has once again let down the more than 20,000 state employees whose step increases he has illegally denied since 2015.

Oct 04, 2018
New! Chicago city workers ratify new contract

AFSCME members voted overwhelmingly to approve a new contract that makes gains in city government.

Sep 19, 2018
New! AFSCME wins new contract with pay, sick time gains in Schaumburg

Union members mobilized to win the right to use sick time to care for family members plus a pay increase retroactive to May 2017.

Sep 12, 2018
New! Forget the phony ad; working people know Rauner is wrong

Desperate Bruce Rauner is running a false commercial that claims to be from an AFSCME leader.

Sep 07, 2018
An open letter to the Illinois Policy Institute

AFSCME member and state employee Ty Ellison received a letter in the mail from the IPI, professing to want to improve his life by helping him quit his union. He isn’t having it.

Sep 07, 2018
Illinois Policy Institute targets union members

The IPI recently sent a mailing to 400,000 public employees in Illinois—teachers, firefighters, correctional officers, highway maintainers, social workers, nurses, and so many others—pushing them to drop out of their union. AFSCME members aren't fooled.

Sep 13, 2018
AFSCME members ratify new contract in Cook County

The nearly 5,000 county employees in 14 AFSCME local unions voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new contract, capping more than a year of very challenging negotiations.

Aug 20, 2018
Action! AFSCME endorsements: 2018 general election

The Illinois General Election in November is critical for the defense of workers’ rights in our state and beyond. Make your voice heard and VOTE! Early voting begins on September 27.

Aug 29, 2018
The REAL IPI: Illinois Policy Institute bashes public employees non-stop

The IPI suddenly claims to be incredibly concerned about the well-being of Illinois workers. But why would an organization that’s been beating up on public workers since its founding now decide to champion their rights? Something doesn’t smell right.

Aug 24, 2018
McHenry County probation department wins first union contract

“Nobody in this office chose this career to get rich. But we do want to be compensated fairly, to be able to feed our families and go home to live a comfortable life. We want to be able to make ends meet.”

Aug 20, 2018
AFSCME members working to win in November

After more than three years of billionaire Bruce Rauner’s unrelenting assault on public employees, AFSCME members are ready to hit the pavement to defeat him in the November general election.

Jul 26, 2018
AFSCME issues new report on violence in Illinois Youth Centers and how to prevent it

"Rising Violence in Illinois Youth Centers: Causes & Cures" highlights the serious problem of increased violence in the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice and outlines recommendations to reverse the trend.

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.

Jul 12, 2018
“Fraud”: Anti-worker Illinois Policy Institute caught again using phony photo

Two more longtime AFSCME members are speaking out against the Rauner-funded IPI for misusing their images in its anti-union campaign. "I don't support what they're doing and I think they're defaming my character," Velma Henderson says.

Jul 12, 2018
On the Job: Glen Baum, Anderson Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area

I believe in the union strongly. My family has a better life because I have better pay, medical insurance and job security. And I think union jobs make better employees—with a union we have a voice. It’s a win-win for everybody.

Jul 10, 2018
"A form of identity theft": Policy Institute misuses union member's photo for its anti-union agenda

Imagine being a longtime union activist, then seeing your image stolen to promote an anti-union agenda. That's what happened to AFSCME Local 2806 President Darneice Cooper.

Jul 12, 2018
Made whole with union power

Wrongly accused, AFSCME Local 424 member Jason Klingeman lost his job. With the union's help he was reinstated with back pay and benefits. “If it wasn’t for our union, I wouldn’t be here," he said. "We have an awesome union. I am 1,000 percent pleased.”

Jun 21, 2018
Supreme Court rules against working people

In favor of billionaire CEOs and corporate interests in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, the U.S. Supreme Court holds that fair-share fees in the public sector violate the First Amendment of the Constitution.

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.

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