Category: Organizing

Dec 11, 2018
Teachers at Old Town School of Folk Music form union with IFT

At a rally filled with music and celebration, teachers from the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago announced that an overwhelming majority of faculty have signed cards to form a union with the Illinois Federation of Teachers.

Apr 27, 2018
AFSCME PEOPLE Committee endorses Pritzker for governor

“Illinois needs a leader like JB who will bring people together and who cares about working families,” AFSCME Council 31 Executive Director Roberta Lynch said.

Mar 30, 2018
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 21, 2018
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
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 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.

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
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.