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Category: State Employees

Aug 15, 2019
Union family honors fallen co-worker

More than 450 AFSCME members and their families gathered to mourn the loss of their co-worker and friend, Officer Allissa Martin: “Everyone will know who Allissa Martin is and the impact she had on our facility.”

Jul 11, 2019
On the Job: Michael Delgado at Winnebago County Jail

“My two biggest hopes are that when they get out, the inmates don’t come back. And that all our officers go home safe at the end of the day.”

Jul 10, 2019
“What AFSCME has meant to our family”

Diego Andrade-Cabrera, son of AFSCME Local 2854 member Doris Andrade and recipient of a 2019 AFSCME Family Scholarship, describes how his mother's union job changed their lives for the better.

Jul 08, 2019
IPI keeps up assault on union members

A year after the Supreme Court ruling eliminating union fair-share fees, things haven’t turned out as Janus, Rauner or the IPI had planned. Instead, public employee unions have continued to grow all across the country.

Jun 19, 2019
Why is the Illinois Policy Institute pushing union members to drop out?

Together union members have improved and protected pensions, expanded rights on the job, made workplaces safer, blocked privatization, and so much more. It’s precisely those gains the IPI wants to undermine.

Jun 27, 2019
Pritzker signs law increasing death benefits for families of first responders

A day after AFSCME Local 3433 member Troy Chisum was killed in the line of duty, Illinois doubles death benefits for law enforcement personnel killed in the line of duty.

Jun 22, 2019
State employees ratify new union contract

The new contract comes after months of negotiations between AFSCME and the Pritzker administration—and nearly four years of conflict with former governor Bruce Rauner, who walked out on contract talks in January 2016.

Jun 27, 2019
AFSCME Free College: A Great Opportunity

Union members and their families can earn an Associate Degree with no out-of-pocket costs through a partnership between AFSCME and Eastern Gateway Community College.

Jun 18, 2019
On the Job: Dorothy Smith at Maryville Academy

"It makes me happy that I’m able to make a difference in people’s lives, especially when it comes to the children. I dedicate my all to what I do every day. I’m determined to have a positive impact with care and words of encouragement."

Jun 14, 2019
Back pay for steps to get underway

AFSCME never quit battling for justice since ousted governor Bruce Rauner illegally froze employee step increases on July 1, 2015. Finally, state of Illinois employees are back in step and will get their back wages by the end of this September.