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Dec 13, 2018
New! Unions oppose latest attack on pensions

Outgoing Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel called to wipe out the state Constitution's pension protection clause. The Illinois AFL-CIO and Chicago Federation of Labor were quick to stand together and say NO!

Dec 11, 2018
New! Holiday junk mail from Rauner's IPI

Latest spam trying to trick AFSCME members into quitting their union should go straight to the trash.

Nov 27, 2018
New! Defeated Rauner still wasting money, time in court

Administration asks for 60-day delay to appeal 'no impasse' finding as it heads out the door

Dec 11, 2018
New! Teachers at Old Town School of Folk Music form union with IFT

At a rally filled with music and celebration, teachers from the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago announced that an overwhelming majority of faculty have signed cards to form a union with the Illinois Federation of Teachers.

Dec 06, 2018
New! AFSCME member injured, former member killed in Bloomington bus tragedy

"The hearts of every AFSCME member go out to our sisters and brothers of Local 2608. Our prayers are with them and their loved ones," AFSCME Council 31 Executive Director Roberta Lynch said.

Dec 05, 2018
New! AFSCME members rush to help after Taylorville tornado

"Everyone was putting their lives on the line that night," AFSCME Local 3349 Vice President Dustin McClure said. "This is our community, so everybody pulled together."

Nov 30, 2018
New! AFSCME, other unions play role in Pritzker transition

Committee appointments signal that labor has a seat at the table in the new administration.

Nov 18, 2018
Rauner's labor board evades responsibility on state employee step increases

The ILRB has met twice without acting on AFSCME's motion seeking to have the board request a court order to put employees on the proper step.

Nov 13, 2018
100% Union: Moline-Coal Valley School District

AFSCME Local 672 President Terry Boone shares his story of unity in the face of the Janus Supreme Court decision.

Nov 12, 2018
IDOC employee gets position he deserves

After a two-year “roller coaster ride” AFSCME Local 3649 member Dustin York won his grievance and was placed in the position he worked hard to achieve at Robinson Correctional Center.

Nov 09, 2018
On the Job: Christina Loudermilk, City of Rockford

I’ve been with the city for 20 years now. That stability has provided health benefits for me and my whole family. It’s helped me purchase a home. I love my union. I couldn’t see myself surviving without it.

Nov 06, 2018
Voters reject Rauner, slam the door on anti-worker agenda

"Voters across the state repudiated Rauner and rejected his anti-worker, anti-union agenda up and down the ballot," AFSCME Council 31 Executive Director Roberta Lynch said.

Nov 07, 2018
2018 election results

AFSCME-recommended candidates made a clean sweep in statewide contests and gained enough seats in the General Assembly to establish a super-majority in the Illinois House and Senate so that we can advance a working people’s agenda.

Oct 25, 2018
Jackson County employees refuse to back down

After unanimously authorizing a strike, members of AFSCME Local 2464 at Jackson County in southern Illinois won a new union contract with fair pay and affordable health care.

Oct 23, 2018
Appellate court rejects Rauner impasse claim in state contract negotiations

"The court backs up what we've said all along, there never was an impasse," AFSCME Council 31 Executive Director Roberta Lynch said. "Bruce Rauner should come back to the bargaining table instead of wasting more taxpayer money on losing litigation."

Oct 04, 2018
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
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
Chicago city workers ratify new contract

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

Sep 19, 2018
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 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.

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