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Feb 01, 2024
New! Celebrating Black History Month

In February we celebrate Black History Month, and AFSCME’s long legacy of standing up for racial justice—from the strike of Memphis sanitation workers 56 years ago this month, to affirming that Black Lives Matter today.

Feb 14, 2024
New! Museum of Contemporary Art employees form union with AFSCME

The wave of union organizing among Chicago cultural workers just keeps rolling: 32 employees of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago released a letter on Feb. 14 saying they are forming their union with AFSCME Council 31.

Feb 13, 2024
New! Vote YES on Ballot Question 1 to Bring Chicago Home!

An important measure is on the ballot for all Chicagoans—one that would create dedicated funding for housing and homeless services while cutting taxes for working people.

Feb 01, 2024
New! Capital improvements lag in IDOC

AFSCME members say the delays in much-needed repairs and improvements are often inexplicable.

Feb 01, 2024
New! Local 1019 member’s startling discovery spurs new research

Dr. Meredith Mahoney, a zoologist at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield and a steward for AFSCME Local 1019, has made a surprising discovery which became a launchpad for significant research into an invasive insect.

Jan 31, 2024
New! Pay increases follow victory over privatization

Just months after AFSCME members at the DeKalb County Nursing Home defeated an effort to sell their home, they've won a new contract that solidifies their future at the home.

Jan 31, 2024
New! Meet one of AFSCME's youngest members

Clayten White may only be 18 years old, but he's already found a career in corrections where he can grow and advance.

Nov 29, 2023
Progress towards fair pay at NIU

Six weeks after Northern Illinois University support staff went public with their frustration over low pay at work and long delays at the bargaining table, they’ve won a new union contract that makes significant strides toward improving wages.

Dec 12, 2023
911 SAVES Act would honor dispatchers, give access to additional resources

911 dispatchers help keep us safe every day. That’s why AFSCME strongly supports the 911 Supporting Accurate Views of Emergency Services (911 SAVES) Act.

Nov 27, 2023
Severe assaults on employees in two state prisons

An educator and a correctional officer were brutally beaten at Sheridan CC. At Joliet Treatment Center, a correctional officer was assaulted—and short-staffing was a contributing factor.

Nov 27, 2023
Elk Grove library workers win with help of community

When AFSCME members at the Elk Grove Village Public Library sent their bargaining committee into negotiations in March, they were aiming high. With the help of their community, they achieved their goals.

Nov 27, 2023
AFSCME intervenes to block sale of DeKalb nursing home

The sale of the DeKalb County Nursing Home to a for-profit buyer has been blocked by a state review board after new light was shed on the questionable background and ethics of its would-be for-profit buyer.

Nov 21, 2023
Local 2040 members take bus driver shortage into their own hands

A novel training program spearheaded by AFSCME results in the filling of all driver vacancies

Nov 17, 2023
Niles library employees win first contract

Employees of the Niles-Maine District Library have their first union contract, and along with it, significant wage increases and—for the first time—paid parental leave.

Nov 02, 2023
Newberry Library employees win first contract

More than 60 employees of the Newberry Library—who formed their union, Newberry Workers United/AFSCME, one year ago—have overwhelmingly voted to ratify their first union contract.

Oct 24, 2023
New! One Strong Union: AFSCME Council 31 23rd Biennial Convention Recap

More than 500 delegates, alternates, and guests met in Springfield on October 19-21 for Council 31’s 23rd Biennial Convention under the banner of “One Strong Union” to chart our union’s path forward over the next two years.

Sep 25, 2023
St. Charles Public Library workers win first contract

For the 54 AFSCME members at the St. Charles Public Library, their first contract ticks all the boxes—and then some.

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.

Aug 15, 2023
Art Institute of Chicago, School of the Art Institute Chicago employees ratify union contract

More than 500 employees of the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) have ratified their first union contract.

Sep 25, 2023
Spread the Word: Public Service Matters!

AFSCME members like us know how important the work we do is. And we know how important it is to have adequate staffing levels to be able to fulfill our mission. So we need to spread the word: There are good union jobs available serving the public good!

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