Category: Retirees

Sep 07, 2018
An open letter to the Illinois Policy Institute

AFSCME member and state employee Ty Ellison received a letter in the mail from the IPI, professing to want to improve his life by helping him quit his union. He isn’t having it.

Sep 06, 2018
Tentative agreement on new contract for AFSCME members in Cook County

After more than a year of very challenging negotiations, AFSCME reached a tentative agreement on a new contract between Cook County and 14 AFSCME local unions that represent nearly 5,000 county employees.

Aug 20, 2018
AFSCME endorsements: 2018 general election

The Illinois General Election in November is critical for the defense of workers’ rights in our state and beyond. Make your voice heard and VOTE! Early voting begins on September 27.

Aug 30, 2018
Labor Board Compliance Officer issues order on step increases

An Illinois Labor Relations Board Compliance Officer has issued an order in the matter of the state employee step increases frozen by Governor Rauner in 2015.

Aug 29, 2018
The REAL IPI: Illinois Policy Institute bashes public employees non-stop

The IPI suddenly claims to be incredibly concerned about the well-being of Illinois workers. But why would an organization that’s been beating up on public workers since its founding now decide to champion their rights? Something doesn’t smell right.

Aug 24, 2018
McHenry County probation department wins first union contract

“Nobody in this office chose this career to get rich. But we do want to be compensated fairly, to be able to feed our families and go home to live a comfortable life. We want to be able to make ends meet.”

Aug 20, 2018
AFSCME members working to win in November

After more than three years of billionaire Bruce Rauner’s unrelenting assault on public employees, AFSCME members are ready to hit the pavement to defeat him in the November general election.

Jul 19, 2018
AFSCME members won’t back down

The US Supreme Court’s majority sided with the super-rich in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 on June 27. But AFSCME members know that our freedom to have a strong voice on the job is under assault—and they’re pledging to stick with their union.

Jul 12, 2018
On the Job: Glen Baum, Anderson Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area

I believe in the union strongly. My family has a better life because I have better pay, medical insurance and job security. And I think union jobs make better employees—with a union we have a voice. It’s a win-win for everybody.

Jul 12, 2018
Made whole with union power

Wrongly accused, AFSCME Local 424 member Jason Klingeman lost his job. With the union's help he was reinstated with back pay and benefits. “If it wasn’t for our union, I wouldn’t be here," he said. "We have an awesome union. I am 1,000 percent pleased.”