Category: State Employees

Sep 25, 2023
Push is on to improve Tier 2 pensions

AFSCME members and Council 31 legislative and policy staff made their voices heard before the state House Personnel and Pensions Committee at a hearing on improvements to Tier 2 pensions.

Jul 07, 2023
We Did It! New state contract ratified

The new contract for AFSCME members in state government was ratified by a resounding 99% vote.

Dec 12, 2022
State bargaining committee gears up for negotiations

AFSCME members in state government are gearing up for contract negotiations for a new state of Illinois master contract, which covers some 35,000 state employees.

May 31, 2023
State contract negotiations heat up

With no clear signs that the Management Bargaining Committee recognizes the importance of the work that state employees do, union members are beginning to take more forceful actions to secure a fair contract.

Aug 31, 2022
Pritzker announces emergency hiring plan to address short-staffing in state government

The Pritzker Administration announced steps to speed up and expand hiring in state government. Council 31 Executive Director Roberta Lynch says our union will do all we can to advance that effort.

Jul 06, 2022
AFSCME member is Illinois’ 2022 DSP of the Year

Veronica Lea has been a direct support professional (DSP) for 30 years. She works at Trinity Services, Inc., helping senior women with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She is the 2022 Illinois DSP of the Year.

Jun 29, 2022
Primary Election Results

Primary Election Day was June 28 in Illinois. We voted together to elect pro-worker candidates. And Winnebago County decisively voted YES to save River Bluff Nursing Home.

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.

Apr 20, 2022
ISU employees ratify contract raising wages

More than 300 building, grounds and dining services employees of Illinois State University—members of AFSCME local 1110—overwhelmingly voted to approve the terms of an agreement reached last week on the brink of a campus-wide strike.