AFSCME Council 31

Judge Rules City's 2014 Pension Overhaul UnconstitutionalThe overhaul approved by lawmakers sought to eliminate a $9.4 billion unfunded pension liability by cutting benefits and increasing contributions. It would affect about 61,000 city employees and retirees.
Rauner Previews 1st-Year Priorities: Cut Taxes, MedicaidGov. Bruce Rauner said he will propose a number of reforms to turn the state around, and indicated they would involve making Illinois more attractive to businesses while slashing spending on everything from health insurance for the poor to public-worker pensions and the state's payroll.
Unions Sue To Stop Chicago Pension OverhaulCurrent and retired city workers and their labor unions have filed a lawsuit arguing a law overhauling Chicago's pension systems is unconstitutional. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court also asks a judge to stop the law from taking effect Jan. 1.
Gov. Quinn Says He's Worked To 'Rebuild Illinois'Gov. Pat Quinn focused on ways to create jobs and trumpeted his accomplishments with election-year flair Wednesday in an annual speech that fell on the five-year anniversary of when lawmakers booted his predecessor, now imprisoned ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich, from office.
Will County Workers' Strike Enters Day 4Municipal workers in Will County said they’re in it for the long haul as they entered day four of a labor strike, following 15 months of failed negotiations.
Unions, Retirees Slam Mayor's Plan To Cut Health Care SubsidyUnion leaders and retirees blasted Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday for saving $108.7 million by phasing out a city subsidy for retiree health care and using roughly the same amount of public money to build a new basketball arena near McCormick Place.
Quinn Terminates Contract With State's Largest Worker UnionAfter nearly a year of negotiations, Gov. Pat Quinn's administration on Tuesday terminated the contract between the state of Illinois and its largest public employee union.
New Pension Reform Bill Clears House CommitteeA plan to cut government pensions and shift some retirement costs to schools has cleared its first hurdle in the Illinois Legislature.
Chicago Workers Protest Gov. Walker's Speech In SpringfieldDozens of Chicago union workers boarded buses to Springfield Tuesday morning, where they joined about 3,000 other workers protesting today's speech by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
City Plans To Close Libraries All Day On MondaysWhen Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s budget passed, an agreement had ensured that Chicago public libraries would close only on Monday and Friday mornings. But that has now changed.
Mayor's Office, Labor Leaders Meet To Discuss Work Rule ChangesThe Emanuel administration and labor union leaders were back at the bargaining table on Monday, trying to work out a deal to avoid 625 threatened layoffs of city workers.
Emanuel Reveals Plan To Lay Off 625 City WorkersMayor Rahm Emanuel today said he plans to lay off 625 city workers as part of a plan to close a $10 million budget gap.