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Category: Legislative

Jan 26, 2021
Supreme Court denies Janus

The U.S. Supreme Court announced on Jan. 25 that it won’t hear a bloc of cases that sought to financially kneecap unions for obeying the law.

Jan 14, 2021
AFSCME efforts protect worker rights in criminal justice reform bill

Early drafts of criminal justice reform legislation threatened employee bargaining rights and legal protections, but member phone calls and staff lobbying efforts blocked the most harmful provisions.

Jan 05, 2021
Closing prisons isn't the answer to state finances

A budget shortfall of this magnitude can’t be fixed by cutting employee wages and hiring freezes, or by closing prisons.

Oct 14, 2020
Illinois AFL-CIO President Tim Drea calls for action on stimulus

"This should not be a partisan issue. The coronavirus is devastating all communities governed by officials from both parties. And federal aid is designed to save jobs and public services everywhere."

Oct 08, 2020
Trump blocks aid to state, local governments

President Trump said on Tuesday, October 6 that he would halt all negotiations for a coronavirus relief bill with Congress until after the election.

Jun 11, 2020
Laid off education employees can apply for unemployment

If you are a non-instructional employee in a school district, university or other educational setting, act quickly to receive unemployment benefits this summer.

Jun 01, 2020
Change must come

AFSCME joins in mourning the unconscionable death of George Floyd and in demanding justice for his family and an end to the contagion of racism that continues to beset our country.

Jun 08, 2020
New law expands worker protections

On June 5, Gov. JB Pritzker signed into law the AFSCME-backed bill HB 2455, which gives expands access to unemployment benefits and workers’ compensation coverage.

May 22, 2020
Session brings good news: budget, legislative gains

Gov. JB Pritzker expected to sign FY21 budget that will positively impact tens of thousands of AFSCME members.

May 14, 2020
Coronavirus raises stakes for Fair Tax

The Fair Tax has always been about creating a tax system that works for all Illinoisans and putting our state on the path to fiscal sustainability, and it’s clear that is needed more than ever in the wake of this pandemic.