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Apr 06, 2020
New! COVID-19 Relief for Student Loan Borrowers

The newly-enacted CARES Act requires the Education Secretary to defer student loan payments, principal and interest for six months without penalty to the borrower—and provides other forms of assistance during the coronavirus pandemic.

Apr 03, 2020
New! AFSCME urges Families First coverage for all employees

AFSCME members are working hard during the public health emergency posed by the coronavirus, often on the front lines where they are at greater risk for exposure to COVID-19.

Mar 30, 2020
New! Child care needs during COVID-19 crisis

Many public service workers need help in caring for their children at this critical time—here are resources and additional information.

Mar 30, 2020
New! COVID-19 Resources

During the COVID-19 crisis, AFSCME members are on the front lines. This compilation of resources can help answer questions.

Mar 25, 2020
New! Forming a union is our right—and it’s worth the fight

Despite all the obstacles, workers in Illinois and across the country continue to seek to exercise their right to unionize. Tens of thousands are coming together to form unions, defying employer threats and intimidation.

Mar 24, 2020
New! AFSCME endorses Joe Biden for President

On March 23, AFSCME's International Executive Board voted unanimously to endorse Joe Biden for President.

Mar 18, 2020
New! Illinois 2020 Primary Election Results

See the results of AFSCME-backed races in the Illinois Primary Election on March 17.

Mar 13, 2020
New! 2020 Census: We’re up for the count

The 2020 US Census begins April 1. Participating will be easier than ever. Stand up and be counted!

Feb 07, 2020
Get the facts on the Fair Tax!

Check out an interactive map showing what the Fair Tax will mean to you and your community and download a helpful fact sheet.

Mar 03, 2020
"It's time to stop the harassment"

This powerful video describes in very personal terms the retaliation that employees at CGH Medical Center, a public hospital in Sterling, Illinois, have faced as they exercise their legal right to form a union.

Feb 27, 2020
Rock Island County board sells Hope Creek Care Center

AFSCME Local 2371 members waged a years-long battle to save Hope Creek Care Center in Rock Island County, but on Feb. 25, the board voted 17-5 to sell the home to a for-profit company for $6 million.

Feb 03, 2020
AFSCME members endorse in primary, prepare for upcoming elections

More than 500 delegates to Council 31’s PEOPLE Conference on Feb. 1 made endorsements for the March Primary election, prepared for the crusade to pass a Fair Tax in Illinois, and set the union’s 2020 legislative agenda.

Jan 06, 2020
A graduate at age 57: “If I can do it, you can do it!”

AFSCME Local 3692 member Bill Jones completed his associate degree at age 57—completely free with the AFSCME Free College benefit.

Jan 06, 2020
Union gets justice for Chicago library employees

Steward’s investigation finds contract violation and AFSCME member wins decisive victory in arbitration.

Nov 18, 2019
On the Job: Corey Colvin at Rock Island Board of Education

“We’re all here to serve these kids and that’s our job. This is a community and we are all an important part of it.”

Nov 14, 2019
Milestone keeps making strides

This September AFSCME Local 2515 members at Milestone Inc. ratified their third union contract since forming their union with AFSCME in 2014, improving wages and making no concessions.

Nov 14, 2019
City of Champaign makes gains

Using interest-based negotiations for the first time, AFSCME Local 1960 at the City of Champaign settled a three-year contract in less than three months.

Nov 13, 2019
Homewood library employees win first union contract

Employees at Homewood Public Library certified their union with AFSCME three years ago. Now, after two years of picketing, leafleting, marching and testifying for a fair contract, these new AFSCME members finally have a first contract.

Nov 08, 2019
AFSCME wins, no refund for Janus

A three-judge panel of the Illinois Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held on November 7 that Mark Janus is not entitled to retroactive reimbursement of fees AFSCME collected in good faith, in accordance with the prevailing Supreme Court precedent.

Oct 24, 2019
Strength in Solidarity: AFSCME Council 31’s 21st Biennial Convention

Gathering under the theme “Strength in Solidarity,” some 1,000 delegates, alternates and guests from across the state met in Springfield on October 17-19 for Council 31’s 21st biennial convention, setting our path over the next two years.

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