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Category: Private Sector Mental Health

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
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.

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.

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!

Jan 05, 2022
Mourning a hero: AFSCME statement on DCFS employee Deidre Silas

"We are heartbroken at the loss of Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) investigator and AFSCME member Deidre Silas of Springfield, murdered Tuesday while responding to a report of children in danger."

Dec 15, 2021
Recent wins at the bargaining table

We're stronger when we unite together to make our voices heard. These local unions worked together to negotiate fair contracts with their employers.

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.

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.