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Category: Cook County Employees

May 03, 2022
Watch out for misleading anti-union mail

Some Illinois AFSCME members have received communications from the so-called “Freedom Foundation,” or “Opt Out Today," a group that seeks to stop workers from collectively fighting to protect pensions, raise wages, or improve protections and benefits.

May 02, 2022
Let’s vote together!

Primary Election Day is June 28 in Illinois. Early voting begins in many locations on May 19.

Mar 01, 2022
Winning back $148,000 in unpaid wages

AFSCME Local 1216 members at Loretto Hospital uncovered a system payroll error—more than 100 nurses had been underpaid to the tune of $148,000. Back pay returned to individual employees ranged from a few dollars to more than $10,000.

Mar 01, 2022
AFSCME member’s detective skills reunite a mother and son

“I could see the angst in her eyes,” AFSCME Local 2953 executive board member and chief steward Serbekian Minas said. “How can I not help this woman as much as I can and go the extra mile?"

Feb 10, 2022
Celebrating Black History Month

In February we celebrate Black History Month, and AFSCME’s long legacy of standing up for racial justice—from the strike of Memphis sanitation workers 54 years ago this month, to affirming that Black Lives Matter today.

Jan 14, 2022
Historic union wins at Art Institute of Chicago

Staff at the Art Institute of Chicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago voted overwhelmingly to form their union—the Art Institute of Chicago Workers United—with AFSCME Council 31 in mail-ballot elections tallied January 11 and 12.

Dec 06, 2021
AFSCME grows ranks in pandemic

Growth is one of AFSCME Council 31’s most vital missions. Seeking the union difference, more than 1,500 workers have organized with AFSCME Council 31 since March 2020.

Nov 10, 2021
Supreme Court refuses to take up cases aimed at weakening unions

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear four cases aimed at expanding the scope of its 2018 ruling in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31.

Oct 29, 2021
Better Together: AFSCME Council 31 Convention

With the theme of Better Together, AFSCME Council 31’s 22nd biennial convention focused on all that has been achieved through solidarity over the last two years—and the importance of staying united to overcome the challenges ahead.

Oct 29, 2021
VIDEO: In Memoriam—Rest in Power

This memorial video of AFSCME members who we have lost since our last convention in 2019 was aired at convention on October 15, 2021 and includes a beautiful performance by Renee Barnes who is on the staff of our international union.