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Apr 24, 2018
New! Sen. Bill Brady trying to strip workers' rights to negotiate health care benefits

Sen. Bill Brady introduced Senate Amendment 1 to SB 2680, which would amend the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act to provide that the design, implementation, and administration of a health insurance plan shall not be the subject of negotiations.

Apr 18, 2018
New! Two Days of Action: Fairness for State Workers

AFSCME members are coming together for two days of action because state employees deserve basic fairness. Join us on April 26 and May 10!

Jan 28, 2018
Janus v. AFSCME: The Facts

Get the facts about the lawsuit that aims to take away the freedom of working people to join together in strong unions, Janus v. AFSCME Council 31.

Mar 30, 2018
New! I AM 2018

On April 2-4, AFSCME, COGIC, and civil, human and workers’ rights leaders gathered in Memphis for a series of events to honor Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy and the courage and sacrifice of Memphis sanitation workers who went on strike in 1968.

Mar 26, 2018
New! SURS trustee election underway

In the State Universities Retirement System (SURS) Trustee Election, AFSCME Council 31 recommends Steven Rock.

Mar 22, 2018
New! Illinois Supreme Court Rejects Rauner Appeal on Steps

AFSCME has won another round in the battle for payment of step increases that Gov. Rauner has illegally frozen since July 1, 2015.

Mar 22, 2018
New! Larry Marquardt Scholarship deadline approaching!

AFSCME Council 31 is accepting applications through April 20 for its annual Larry Marquardt Scholarship. Children of AFSCME members under the age of 25, as well as members in good standing, are eligible to apply.

Mar 21, 2018
New! UCAN workers win a union!

Employees at UCAN, a youth services agency on Chicago’s West Side, won their union election on March 20 after a vicious anti-union campaign waged by their employer. They fought for a better future—and they won.

Mar 21, 2018
New! AFSCME-backed candidates win in Primary Election

In the March 20 Illinois Primary Election, voters chose candidates best able to carry forward the fight in defense of workers’ rights in the November General Election. Union members made a big difference in these critical races!

Feb 28, 2018
More Violence at Pontiac Correctional Center

A sergeant at Pontiac Correctional Center, a member of AFSCME Local 494, was attacked on Feb. 21 in what appears to be a coordinated assault by inmates in an administrative detention cell house.

Feb 26, 2018
More than 5,000 join Working People’s Day of Action in Chicago

Thousands rallied nationwide on Feb. 24 to unite for their freedom to form strong unions and against anti-union forces, honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of the Memphis sanitation workers' strike.

Feb 16, 2018
Rauner 2019 Budget: Another attack on employees

Governor Rauner’s proposed 2019 state budget is more of the same. The budget is fundamentally unbalanced, propped up by a series of vague and unworkable schemes resting on taking away collective bargaining rights from public employees.

Feb 15, 2018
Union voters critical in March primary

The Illinois Primary Election in March will provide an opportunity to choose candidates best able to carry forward the fight in defense of workers’ rights in the November election. Make your voice heard and VOTE.

Feb 13, 2018
Memorials for Pamela Knight

Pamela Knight, AFSCME Local 448 member and dedicated DCFS child protection investigator, passed away February 8 due to injuries suffered in the line of duty. She was viciously attacked last fall while protecting the welfare of a two-year-old child.

Feb 08, 2018
AFSCME testifies on Quincy crisis

AFSCME Local 1787 President Nettie Smith and Council 31 Policy Director Anne Irving testified on behalf of the nearly 350 dedicated AFSCME members at Quincy Veterans’ Home at a February 7 Joint Hearing of the Senate and House Veterans Affairs Committees.

Jan 30, 2018
AFSCME members set legislative agenda and electoral strategy

Hundreds of delegates gathered in Springfield on Jan. 27 for the AFSCME PEOPLE Conference to set the union’s 2018 legislative agenda and formulate a plan to elect pro-worker candidates in the March primary and November general elections.

Jan 30, 2018
AFSCME Endorsements: 2018 March Primary

The Illinois Primary Election in March will provide an opportunity to choose those candidates best able to carry forward the fight in defense of workers’ rights in the November election. Make your voice heard and VOTE!

Jan 22, 2018
Amicus Briefs argue Supreme Court should rule for AFSCME in Janus case

Amicus briefs filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 make a compelling argument that the Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling of more than 40 years ago was correct: Fair-share fees are permissible under the First Amendment.

Jan 22, 2018
National Moment of Silence: February 1

To honor the 50th anniversary of the tragic deaths of Echol Cole and Robert Walker that sparked off the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Strike, AFSCME members across the country are joining in a nationwide Moment of Silence on February 1, 2018.

Jan 19, 2018
Paul Booth: In Memoriam

The labor movement lost one of its most dedicated and diligent advocates with the passing of Paul Booth on January 17. More than forty years ago, Paul helped to lay the foundation for the strong and vibrant union that AFSCME Council 31 has become today.

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