AFSCME pressuring Cook County Commissioners to raise sales, alcohol, parking and cigarette taxes

By Chris Lentino
07/22/2017
AFSCME officials proposed seven tax increases for Cook County as a way to save union jobs, including an increase in the county sales tax, a new head tax and doubling the amusement tax to 6 percent, despite the county’s local tax burden already being among the highest in the nation.

TAGS: AFSCME: American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, alcohol tax, cigarette tax, Cook County, sales tax, soda tax

AFSCME blurs the lines between ‘representational’ and ‘political’ spending, to the detriment of fair share payers

By Mailee Smith
04/05/2017
Government workers in Illinois can opt out of union membership, but they still have to pay fees to the union. Those fees are not supposed to go toward political activities, but a close look at AFSCME’s most recent union report demonstrates how unions use fair share fees for activities most people would consider “political.”

TAGS: AFSCME: American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, fair share

Illinois Supreme Court’s denial of quicker AFSCME appeal means taxpayers still on the hook for millions each month

By Mailee Smith
04/04/2017
AFSCME obstructed progress for months on a new contract for state workers. Whether AFSCME and the state are at impasse in negotiations now sits with the Illinois courts – and the Illinois Supreme Court’s decision not to take a direct appeal of the case means taxpayers must continue to pay an additional $35 million to $40 million each month in health care costs alone.

TAGS: AFSCME: American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, Bruce Rauner, state worker pay