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Category: Retirees

Jan 14, 2022
Historic union wins at Art Institute of Chicago

Staff at the Art Institute of Chicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago voted overwhelmingly to form their union—the Art Institute of Chicago Workers United—with AFSCME Council 31 in mail-ballot elections tallied January 11 and 12.

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."

Jan 02, 2022
State Vaccine Mandate Interest Arbitration—Ruling and Dissent

On December 29 Arbitrator Edwin Benn ruled against AFSCME members in the interest arbitration regarding the State’s plan to require COVID vaccinations for employees in IDOC and IDJJ.

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 15, 2021
VIDEO: We're voting yes! AICWU union election underway

Members of the Art Institute of Chicago Workers United (AICWU) are seeking the union difference with AFSCME. Their union vote is now underway, with mail-in ballots due in early January. This inspiring video captures the spirit of their organizing drive.

Dec 14, 2021
EIU workers win contract battle

AFSCME Local 981 members at Eastern Illinois University fought long and hard to win a new union contract that protects their jobs and increases their wages.

Dec 14, 2021
Solidarity blocks privatization in Rock Island

A yearlong fight to save Rock Island’s public water service ended in victory for the public works employees of AFSCME Local 988 when the city in September announced it would drop plans to privatize.

Dec 09, 2021
State pension funds benefit from big returns

State pension funds for teachers, state employees and university employees are healthier than they’ve been in years, thanks to big investment returns.

Dec 06, 2021
LaSalle Co. health dept. joins AFSCME

“They desperately needed representation and a seat at the table.”

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.