Yearly Archives: 2011

A New Year, A New Look

Sisters and Brothers, 2011 has been a very tough year for this local, but despite it all, we have met each challenge with strength and resolve. President P began the year with the FY2011 budget battle that threatened the layoffs of, at one time, some 60 assistant public defenders.  Together, we were able to advocate […]

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Celeberate the Life of Paul Stralka on December 29, 2011

Please scroll down to see the invitation.  RSVP by December 24th.

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Jason Lee wins 29th Jack Carey Memorial Scholarship

Congratulations to Jason Lee, a DePaul Law student expected to graduate in May, 2012.  Jason is the 29th recipient of the scholarship named in memory of Local 3315’s former president, John T. (“Jack”) Carey.  Jason was awarded the $2500 scholarship for the Spring of 2012 and is currently clerking for brother William Woelkers who is […]

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Oppose President P’s Budget Proposal!

Brothers and Sisters:   This week County Board President P unveiled her very disappointing FY 12 budget plan which includes the loss of more than $50 million in revenue as the result of her decision to remove ¼ of one percent of the sales tax.   The dollars lost from that decision alone would have saved […]

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Show Support for Brothers and Sisters: Attend or Sign up to Speak at the Cook County Budget Hearings

If you want to get a list of the budget hearings, hit the link to budget on the home page and if you want to sign up to speak at the hearings go to

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Let’s Rally in Springfield on October 26, 2011

We fought off efforts during the Spring to gut our pension benefits but the big corporations vowed to return during the fall veto session.  Well, the fall veto session goes into swing next week and we need a few good members to step forward  and drive down to Springfield and lobby their State Senators and […]

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General Membership Meeting Oct. 18, 4pm

Please attend the general membership meeting scheduled for the auditorium at juvenile court for 4 pm this coming Tuesday.  The budget is being submitted by our office soon and we need to discuss our strategies.   This is an important time for us to come together and mobilize our local for what appears to be another […]

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Union Reaches Tentative Agreement with County

The bargaining committee representing Cook County locals reached a tentative agreement with managment on Friday, September 30, 2011.  AFSCME Council 31 will be holding a ratification vote on Thursday, 10/6/2011 at all major work sites.  Details will be available soon on the time and specific location for the ratification voting.  Information on the terms of […]

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The Haymarket Uprising and the Trial of August Spies

The Chicago History Museum is offering a bus tour on Saturday, September 24, 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m, commemorating the 125th anniversary of the Haymarket Affair.  Paul Durica leads this bus and walking tour and will take participants to sites connected to the Haymarket Tragedy, its prelude, and its aftermath. Sites include Haymarket Square, Zepf’s Hall, the […]

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Pension “Reform” Update

Thanks to sister Karen Florek (LRD) for alerting us to the article that appeared recently in the State Journal Register.  While we have taken a break from the phone calls, emails and letters to our State Representatives and State Senators regarding our pensions which led to SB 512 not even being called to a vote, […]

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