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Category: Organizing

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 03, 2022
CGH Medical Center broke state labor law, judge rules

CGH Medical Center violated state labor law by instructing workers how to revoke their union membership, according to a recommended decision issued late March by an administrative law judge of the Illinois Labor Relations Board.

May 03, 2022
Progress made on fairer wages for DSPs

Because of AFSCME’s efforts, direct support professionals (DSPs) and other frontline employees at state-funded disability agencies have seen their wages go up an average of more than $5 per hour over the past five budget cycles.

May 02, 2022
Let’s vote together!

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

Apr 20, 2022
ISU employees ratify contract raising wages

More than 300 building, grounds and dining services employees of Illinois State University—members of AFSCME local 1110—overwhelmingly voted to approve the terms of an agreement reached last week on the brink of a campus-wide strike.

Mar 14, 2022
Fair pay... Pass it on!

AFSCME members at community disability agencies are standing up for a desperately needed wage increase in this year’s state budget—with language requiring employers to pass the raise directly to frontline workers.

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.

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.

Feb 04, 2022
Illinois-Missouri pay gap underscores the union difference

In Illinois, state workers have a strong union voice and robust collective bargaining rights. In Missouri, their bargaining rights are restricted and unions weakened. There's a stark union difference between the two sides of the Mississippi River.

Jan 25, 2022
Marlon Thomas: DSPs on the Front Lines

Marlon and his coworkers do essential work supporting individuals with developmental disabilities at state-funded human service agencies. The median wage? Just $12 an hour. AFSCME is lobbying to raise wages and ensure they go directly to workers' pockets!