News
Sep 16, 2019
New! 20 years union for Wexford employees

Employees of Wexford Health Sources Inc. at Illinois correctional facilities celebrated a two-year contract agreement and their 20-year union anniversary this July.

Sep 16, 2019
New! Battle to save Hope Creek continues

AFSCME members are protesting the potential sale of Rock Island County's Hope Creek Care Center while they negotiated their next contract.

Sep 13, 2019
New! University employees pushing for fair pay

Working together, AFSCME members at public universities around the state who are currently in contract negotiations are making the case for fair wages and step plans that reward years of experience and loyalty.

Sep 13, 2019
New! Mental health center employees demand safe conditions

AFSCME Local 2767 members at the McFarland Mental Health Center in Springfield were being repeatedly subjected to violent attacks by high-risk patients. They decided assaults should never be considered just "part of the job."

Aug 15, 2019
New! 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 29, 2019
AFSCME members urge ISU to pay a living wage

Members of AFSCME Locals 1110 and 3236 are negotiating a new contract with Illinois State University—they brought their case for a living wage to the university’s July 26 board of trustees meeting.

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
2019 Larry Marquardt College Scholarship winners

The annual scholarship honoring the first executive director of Council 31 was awarded to Olivia Streeter and Victoria Revolinski. Congratulations to all our 2019 applicants, and good luck!

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.

Jul 08, 2019
AFSCME Strong in Joliet

AFSCME Local 440 members are committed to being 100% Union through member engagement, communication and unity.

Jun 26, 2019
Fulton County sheriff's deputy killed in line of duty

"This tragic incident is a painful reminder of the risks that so many public servants face as they serve their communities every day," Council 31 Executive Director Roberta Lynch said.

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.

Jun 18, 2019
PSP: Help when you need it

AFSCME Council 31’s Personal Support Program (PSP) has helped tens of thousands of AFSCME members and their dependents thrive since it was created in 1992.

Jun 18, 2019
Making AFSCME Strong a priority

“Our strength is in numbers and in unity”—AFSCME Local 29 members at the Shapiro Developmental Center in Kankakee are proud to be AFSCME Strong.

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