American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees Council 31 News

Post-Janus Landscape: Decision will impact union coffers, membership; more litigation on its way, say lawyers

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jul 2, 2018

In the wake of the U.S Supreme Court’s landmark decision to declare unconstitutional forced union fees, the legal and political landscape will undoubtedly change. But precisely what will change, and how and when those changes will roll out, remains anybody’s guess.

At Janus oral arguments, lawyer for AFSCME predicted members would strike if no longer compelled to pay fees

By Record News | Jun 30, 2018

WASHINGTON – Taxpayers should brace for strikes now that government unions can no longer compel members to pay agency fees for political campaigns, attorney David Frederick said last December arguing for unions before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Illinois powerful public school lobby kills measure to rein in borrowing

By LGIS News Service | Apr 27, 2018

Illinois' powerful public school lobbying groups mobilized to beat back a measure that would have reined in massive school district borrowing, often concealed from taxpayers.

Meet the Illinoisan at the center of a historic Supreme Court case

By Austin Berg, Illinois News Network | Feb 23, 2018

Mark Janus learned about public service from a young age, growing up as a Boy Scout in Springfield. He eventually became an Eagle Scout. And he’s passed along his knowledge to young men and women from the state’s capital while leading scouting trips to Florida.

Illinois pensions: Overpromised, not underfunded

By Ted Dabrowski, Wirepoints | Feb 6, 2018

For years, the state’s political elite has blamed ordinary Illinoisans for the state’s pension crisis.

GOP state lawmakers join Supreme Court brief asking to reject challenge to compulsory union fees

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 23, 2018

A group of nine Republicans currently serving in the Illinois General Assembly, including two rookie state lawmakers, have signed their names to a brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the court to uphold the state’s ability to allow unions to extract fees from government employees who don’t wish to join a union, arguing the country’s founding federalist principles should allow the 50 states to decide such policy questions for themselves.

Judge who overturned Rauner 'fair share' executive order had worked as Madigan staffer in earlier days

By Ann Maher | Jan 4, 2018

Critics of policy decisions that prop up labor organizations at the expense of taxpayers have said it’s no mistake that some of the state's most consequential and political legal battles - contract negotiations, worker pay and union dues - have been filed in “union friendly” St. Clair County.

Kolker sides with state labor in vacating Rauner's nullification of 'fair share'

By Ann Maher | Jan 2, 2018

St. Clair County Associate Judge Chris Kolker has ruled that Gov. Bruce Rauner's executive order prohibiting the collection of union dues from non-union state workers violates collective bargaining agreements.

Janus v. AFSCME oral arguments scheduled Feb. 26 at Supreme Court

By Ann Maher | Dec 20, 2017

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court announced it will hear oral arguments in Janus v. AFSCME on Feb. 26, in a case challenging the constitutionality of compulsory union dues for state government workers.

Appeals court: State must give union workers their pay raises while negotiating new contract

By Scott Holland | Nov 7, 2017

The Fifth District Appellate Court dealt Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner a setback Nov. 6 by ruling in favor of union employees on the question of stepped salary increases, saying whether or not there is a collective bargaining agreement in place, the union workers are owed the regular pay raises, which the state hasn't paid since a contract expired in 2015.

Janus v. AFSCME could mean more freedom for Illinois' government workers

By Mailee Smith, Illinois Policy Institute | Oct 10, 2017

For four decades, government workers have been denied their First Amendment right to freedom of association, but that could change with a U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2018.

SCOTUS to take up Illinois case challenging power of unions to collect fees from non-union state workers

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 29, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court will again wade into the question of whether public sector worker unions can force government employees who don’t wish to join their union to still pay fees, ostensibly for collective bargaining representation.

Madigan petitions Supreme Court for direct appeal of LeChien's order preserving worker pay

By Record News | Mar 20, 2017

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has asked the Supreme Court for direct appeal of a St. Clair County order preserving a normal payroll for state employees in the absence of appropriations.

AFSCME uses fake 'compromise' to set stage for state worker strike

By Mailee Smith, Illinois Policy Institute | Jan 17, 2017

AFSCME – the state’s largest government-worker union – spent two years pushing for contract provisions that would cost state taxpayers billions. Now that the union has lost before the state labor board, it has issued a “framework” for compromise. But that “framework” is merely a publicity stunt to make the union appear reasonable while union leaders threaten a strike to obtain contract provisions that burden state taxpayers.

Appellate judges contemplating life of AFSCME contract, as troopers litigate similar claims in LeChien’s court

By Record News | Jan 10, 2017

Illinois judges continue to prolong the life of the contract that covers about 38,000 state employees in the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

Fifth District directs LeChien to review order extending AFSCME contract

By Record News | Dec 19, 2016

MOUNT VERNON – St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert LeChien must review his order extending the union contract of 38,000 state employees in light of a state agency’s opposite decision, Fifth District appellate judges ruled on Dec. 16.

Three reasons AFSCME has so much power over Illinois taxpayers

By Mailee Smith, Illinois Policy Institute | Nov 28, 2016

Over the years, AFSCME – the state’s largest government-worker union – has amassed incredible benefits for state workers through contract negotiations with the state. When AFSCME comes to the bargaining table, it isn’t AFSCME versus the governor – it’s AFSCME versus the state taxpayer. And AFSCME holds extraordinarily more power in the process than the state taxpayers footing the bill.

AFSCME's demands come at expense of neediest Illinoisans

By Mailee Smith, Illinois Policy Institute | Oct 24, 2016

By demanding a larger share of the state’s limited resources, AFSCME is depleting state funds and keeping them from social service providers and other Illinoisans who most need them.

AFSCME's demands come at expense of neediest Illinoisans

By Mailee Smith, Illinois Policy Institute | Oct 18, 2016

By demanding a larger share of the state’s limited resources, AFSCME is depleting state funds and keeping them from social service providers and other Illinoisans who most need them.

Court: No back pay without appropriation; Ruling nixes decision by arbitrator, lower courts

By Mark Fitton, Illinois News Network | Mar 28, 2016

SPRINGFIELD — Reversing two lower courts and an arbitrator, the Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday ruled the state is not on the hook for back-pay raises to some 24,000 employees unless the General Assembly passes an appropriation.

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