News
Jun 22, 2020
Surviving COVID-19—with pay

Both Josh Howard and Erin Hamilton-Howard—members of AFSCME Local 2073—tested positive for COVID-19 early in the pandemic. AFSCME helped make sure they had the paid time off they needed.

Jun 15, 2020
On the Job: Alishia Glover

Illinois Department of Children & Family Services, Local 2081

Jun 15, 2020
Raising awareness, building unity

AFSCME members in the Illinois Department of Corrections have long been part of building awareness and raising funds for the Special Olympics.

Jun 11, 2020
Laid off education employees can apply for unemployment

If you are a non-instructional employee in a school district, university or other educational setting, act quickly to receive unemployment benefits this summer.

Jun 10, 2020
On the Job: Retesha Thadison

Illinois Department of Employment Security, Local 2971

Jun 01, 2020
Change must come

AFSCME joins in mourning the unconscionable death of George Floyd and in demanding justice for his family and an end to the contagion of racism that continues to beset our country.

Jun 08, 2020
New law expands worker protections

On June 5, Gov. JB Pritzker signed into law the AFSCME-backed bill HB 2455, which gives expands access to unemployment benefits and workers’ compensation coverage.

Apr 09, 2020
ISU clerical staff win contract

AFSCME Local 3236 members fought hard to win this contract, which includes annual raises and finally starts rewarding longtime employees for their experience and dedication.

Jun 04, 2020
Rockford Public Schools locals win contracts, help community

Now that bargaining is over, AFSCME members at RPS 205 are staying united during the COVID-19 crisis to help their school community—and beyond.

Jun 03, 2020
Their Job: Stopping the spread of the virus

AFSCME members at the Illinois Department of Public Health in Chicago, Springfield and Carbondale are on the front lines in the battle against the coronavirus, helping save as many lives as possible.

Jun 03, 2020
AFSCME interviews Cedric Alexander

Cedric Alexander Psy. D. is a law enforcement expert with over 40 years of experience in public service. He is the author of In Defense of Public Service: How 22 Million Government Workers Will Save Our Republic.

May 27, 2020
On the Job: David Bustamante

Jackson County Ambulance Service, Local 2464

May 27, 2020
On the Job: Vonnie Moore

City of Evanston Department of Streets and Sanitation, Local 1891

May 22, 2020
Session brings good news: budget, legislative gains

Gov. JB Pritzker expected to sign FY21 budget that will positively impact tens of thousands of AFSCME members.

May 19, 2020
Solidarity helps spirits amid tragedy

After the tragic death of four AFSCME members at Ludeman Developmental Center, Local 29 members at Shapiro DC express their support and solidarity with the “Ludeman Heroes” who continue to care for the center’s residents.

May 18, 2020
Making a difference

AFSCME Local 46 members at East Moline Correctional Center is making a positive difference in the local community during the coronavirus pandemic by donating directly to area food banks and pantries.

May 14, 2020
Coronavirus raises stakes for Fair Tax

The Fair Tax has always been about creating a tax system that works for all Illinoisans and putting our state on the path to fiscal sustainability, and it’s clear that is needed more than ever in the wake of this pandemic.

May 14, 2020
One CEO’s pension: $274,000 a month for life

Every time we turn around, some politician or pundit is launching an attack on the modest pensions of public employees. But anti-pension pols go strangely silent when their big business pals go out the door with exorbitant pensions.

May 13, 2020
Public sector workers continue to be the backbone of our state, city

“Public service workers deserve our thanks for their work during this crisis.” —Bob Reiter, Chicago Federation of Labor president

May 05, 2020
Action! Fund the front lines

Frontline public service workers—like tens of thousands of AFSCME members across Illinois—are putting their lives at risk to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Tell Congress to do its part to fund the front lines.

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