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Public Service Workers Making the Holidays Happen

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 12.19.2016 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

This December, as we wrap presents in our homes, we probably won't notice the scrape of a snowplow blade as it hits pavement outside. While we catch u...

Reality vs. Reality Television

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 11.03.2016 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

Public service workers value service, sacrifice and humility; he celebrates greed, vanity and celebrity. We're too busy worrying about reality -- paying the bills, making a difference in our neighborhoods - to be reality TV stars.

AFSCME Ad Accuses Rauner of 'Waging War' on Illinois Workers

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.29.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Opinion You don't have a seat at the bargaining table as Gov. Bruce Rauner and AFSCME Council 31 attempt to create a contract for the 38,000 state...

At Their Best When Things Are At Their Worst

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 09.10.2016 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

Because it was such a clear and gorgeous morning, I opened the window when I got to my office at 125 Barclay Street in Lower Manhattan. When I returne...

AFSCME Never Quits

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 07.18.2016 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

Beginning today in Las Vegas, AFSCME members will gather for our 42nd International Convention. And we do so at a time both of great peril and promise for public service workers and the American labor movement as a whole.

A Billionaire Governor Says Protests Don't Matter. He's Wrong.

Roberta Lynch | Posted 06.20.2016 | Chicago
Roberta Lynch

"If protesting solved problems, Illinois wouldn't have any problems."

One Way To Fix Our Country's Child Care Crisis: Invest In Family Child Care Providers

Doug Moore | Posted 06.21.2016 | Parents
Doug Moore

Investing in family child care providers and increasing access to care is a wise investment to make here in California, and throughout the country.

Teacher, Union Leader, Labor Lawyer: Profile of Chris Williams Social Justice Advocate

Bill Quigley | Posted 05.03.2016 | Politics
Bill Quigley

Law was Chris Williams' third career. He taught school in Chicago for a decade. He was a union organizer for a decade. Only then did he become a social justice lawyer specializing in advocating for and with low-wage workers.

Gov. Rauner's demolition politics are hurting Illinois

Roberta Lynch | Posted 04.15.2016 | Chicago
Roberta Lynch

Governor Bruce Rauner's refusal to compromise and agree to a state budget is tearing at the fabric of our state's human service and higher education infrastructure. Families, children, students and seniors are suffering.

Raising the Wage -- For Now and Our Future

Sebastian Ridley-Thomas | Posted 04.04.2016 | Politics
Sebastian Ridley-Thomas

When President Franklin Roosevelt brought the federal minimum wage into its infancy, California's had already graduated from college and was in the workforce. California's century-old enactment of a minimum wage was sound policy. We simply honor our past by investing in our future.

Pro-Clinton Union Pressured Labor Official To Back Out Of Sanders Event

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.23.2016 | Politics

Supporters of Bernie Sanders gathered at a union hall in Seattle for a "Labor for Bernie" rally Sunday. Early in the event, attendees were told that o...

Rauner, AFSCME Impasse Could Benefit The Governor

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.26.2017 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Opinion by Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek Gov. Bruce Rauner's request that that state's labor relations board declare an impasse between his admi...

For The Future Of Working Families: Vote Hillary Clinton

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 11.02.2016 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

Hillary Clinton is a proven fighter who, as president, will live up to her word to tackle the issues that affect our quality of life, such as paid family and sick leave, the crippling burden of student loan debt, and protecting the retirement security for all working and retired Americans.

Hillary Clinton Wins AFSCME Endorsement

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 10.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Friday picked up the endorsement of the American Federation of State, County and Mu...

Watch: Illinois House Dems have major power on union bill vote

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.31.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Gov. Bruce Rauner has called a union bill passed by the General Assembly the worst piece of legislation in Illinois history and a "direct, frontal ass...

Gov. Bruce Rauner Talks Up Republican Values at Illinois State Fair

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.20.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday rallied the Republican faithful and predicted a comeback for the party in Illinois as he hosted his first Governor's Day at the Illinois State Fair.

Here's To 80 Years Of Social Security -- And At Least 80 More

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 08.14.2016 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

Social Security has changed America in the past 80 years, but some things never change. We still have politicians charging at our essential social safety net with the same tired arguments.

One Goal: What the Cup-Winning Blackhawks Can Teach the Champions of Working People

Roberta Lynch | Posted 07.07.2016 | Chicago
Roberta Lynch

Like the Blackhawks, we have to focus on One Goal: standing up against the ruthless assault that is now underway not just on labor unions, but on the American Dream of fairness for all, that unions have been so critical to building and sustaining.

How Unions Improve the Lives of Every Worker

Laura Reyes | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics
Laura Reyes

It's well established that union members earn substantially more than nonunion workers ($207 more a week), and are more likely to have health care coverage and solid pensions. What is less well known are the advantages that unions provide for all workers, not just those who belong to unions.

Rauner's Ad Blitz: Slow Now, Could Ramp Up Later

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.22.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Last week, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner released a TV ad campaign aiming to convince regular Illinoisans to side with him, and not House Speaker Michael Madigan, on the state's budget debate. Capitol Fax's Rich Miller says the governor's ad was not as foreceful as some might have expected them to be, but it still wasn't not necessarily productive.

Union Dad: Economic Justice and a Rich Family Spirit

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 06.17.2016 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

When I was growing up in Cleveland, my dad was a bus driver and a proud member of the Amalgamated Transit Union. Although he passed away in 2009, the lessons he taught about what it means to be a union member have never left me. That's why I'm proud to be a union son, and proud to be a union dad.

This Is Not Illinois' First Budget Crisis Go-Round

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.09.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois' current budget fight is frustrating, but it's not the first time the state has found itself in a similar situation. Former Gov. Jim Edgar spoke to Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek about his own budget brawl in 1991.

Our Children Need to Hear Us Talk About Unions

Laura Reyes | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Laura Reyes

We've come a long way in this country, but certainly not always in the right direction when it comes to speaking openly and proudly about the value of unions.

The 'Inexcusable' Assault on Workers in Wisconsin

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

Wisconsin -- where workers have a deep and rich history of fighting for a voice on the job -- is the latest state to enact a law intended to sap them of their power and strength. With Gov. Scott Walker's signature, the right-to-work scam is now the law in Wisconsin.

Our Nation's Pay Policies Are Due for a Checkup

Laura Reyes | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Laura Reyes

It's about time we recognized that if you work for a living, you should be able to support your health and your family. American families simply aren't being supported today, but there's a simple solution to all of this: Congress must pass paid sick leave and paid family leave policies. We're sick of waiting.