Category: Retirees

Jan 15, 2019
Human services workers fighting to save Mason County DHS office

Through their union, AFSCME, human services employees are speaking out against a push by the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) to close its office—known as a family community resource center—in Havana, the Mason County seat in central Illinois.

Jan 15, 2019
Thanks to AFSCME members, Chicago 311 is still public and better than ever

AFSCME’s anti-privatization efforts halted the city from outsourcing the non-emergency 311 center in Chicago, paving the way for new and improved services. Now the city-run operation is being hailed as a national model.

Jan 14, 2019
Good riddance, Rauner—JB Pritzker becomes Illinois governor

Bruce Rauner is out the door. That’s good news for the countless Illinois citizens who were grievously harmed by his vengeance politics, especially the thousands of state employees who were the prime targets of his animus.

Dec 17, 2018
AFSCME on Fox: Defending public pensions

On Fox Chicago, the union defended pensions amid renewed attacks by politicians and corporate front groups.

Dec 13, 2018
Unions oppose latest attack on pensions

Outgoing Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel called to wipe out the state Constitution's pension protection clause. The Illinois AFL-CIO and Chicago Federation of Labor were quick to stand together and say NO!

Nov 13, 2018
100% Union: Moline-Coal Valley School District

AFSCME Local 672 President Terry Boone shares his story of unity in the face of the Janus Supreme Court decision.

Nov 12, 2018
IDOC employee gets position he deserves

After a two-year “roller coaster ride” AFSCME Local 3649 member Dustin York won his grievance and was placed in the position he worked hard to achieve at Robinson Correctional Center.

Nov 09, 2018
On the Job: Christina Loudermilk, City of Rockford

I’ve been with the city for 20 years now. That stability has provided health benefits for me and my whole family. It’s helped me purchase a home. I love my union. I couldn’t see myself surviving without it.

Nov 07, 2018
2018 election results

AFSCME-recommended candidates made a clean sweep in statewide contests and gained enough seats in the General Assembly to establish a super-majority in the Illinois House and Senate so that we can advance a working people’s agenda.

Sep 07, 2018
An open letter to the Illinois Policy Institute

AFSCME member and state employee Ty Ellison received a letter in the mail from the IPI, professing to want to improve his life by helping him quit his union. He isn’t having it.