Category: Municipal Employees

May 31, 2024
Evanston Public Works action leads to union wins

After experiencing a sharp uptick in the number of on-the-job injuries and violations of their union contract, workers in the Evanston Public Works Department took to the picket line in an action that caught management’s attention.

May 31, 2024
Wilmington city workers look out for undervalued positions

“A lot of our new members came away seeing what organized labor can do and how it can impact members’ benefits and rights,” local president Jack Sadrakula said. “This contract was pushed through by the entire union."

Apr 03, 2024
AFSCME member returns resident’s priceless heirloom

After a DeKalb resident had given up hope of finding a family heirloom he lost after a slip on winter snow, David Block, a member of AFSCME Local 813, returned it against all odds.

Mar 26, 2024
Fair Tier 2: The path forward

Understanding the unfairness of Tier 2 and the challenges of fixing it

Mar 26, 2024
Tier 2: Your questions answered

How to find out if you're on a Tier 2 pension, why lawmakers are so reluctant to address pensions, and more.

Apr 26, 2024
Workers Memorial Day: Remembering fallen workers

On April 28 we observe Workers Memorial Day, a day to remember workers who have been killed on the job and to recommit ourselves to fighting for safer working conditions for all.

Jan 31, 2024
Pay increases follow victory over privatization

Just months after AFSCME members at the DeKalb County Nursing Home defeated an effort to sell their home, they've won a new contract that solidifies their future at the home.

Nov 27, 2023
AFSCME intervenes to block sale of DeKalb nursing home

The sale of the DeKalb County Nursing Home to a for-profit buyer has been blocked by a state review board after new light was shed on the questionable background and ethics of its would-be for-profit buyer.

Jul 28, 2023
Local 1275 brings politics into play

Local 1275 recruited and campaigned for school board candidates who were more sympathetic to their problems. They all won—and the result was a contract extension that properly values the work they do.

May 26, 2023
AFSCME park district workers across Illinois welcome summer

The frost of winter has given way to a sea of green—the grass is growing, the trees have sprouted new leaves. In park districts across the state, AFSCME members are there to help shepherd the summer season in.