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Apr 19, 2019
Action! Fair Tax Day of Action: April 30

It's time Illinois has a tax system that works for everyone, not just the wealthy few. That's why AFSCME members are joining with other working people in Springfield on April 30th for the Fair Tax Day of Action.

Apr 12, 2019
New! SERS Trustee Election: Vote Melissa Garman to protect your pension

In the SERS trustee election, your vote is your voice. Vote Melissa Garman to fight for your retirement security!

Mar 07, 2019
New! AFSCME Council 31 now accepting applications for annual Larry Marquardt Scholarship

AFSCME Council 31 members in good standing and children of AFSCME members who are high school seniors or college students under the age of 25 are eligible to apply for these $2,000 college scholarships.

Apr 12, 2019
New! U.S. Rep. Chuy Garcia wishes AFSCME members a Happy National Library Workers Day!

"Libraries are a place where you are welcome to sit, learn, think, read and explore any idea."

Apr 12, 2019
New! U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowski wishes AFSCME members a Happy National Library Workers Day!

"Libraries offer more than books. Libraries support and strengthen the foundation of our democracy—the free exchange of information and ideas for all."

Apr 12, 2019
New! On the Job: Tim Lynch at Village of Orland Park

“The union plays a huge role in fighting for fair wages and good benefits for all workers. Without the union, I’d have to work two or three jobs to get by.”

Apr 03, 2019
New! AFSCME-backed candidates prevail in local elections

Candidates who garnered AFSCME backing based on their pledges to stand with working families won in local government elections across the state on April 2. These are the results in contested races where the AFSCME regional PEOPLE committees took action.

Mar 28, 2019
New! Solidarity prevails in Rockford privatization fight

Rockford public schools bus drivers of AFSCME Local 1275 banded together to oppose District 205’s plan to outsource school bus services to a private, for-profit corporation—and they prevailed.

Mar 07, 2019
New! AFSCME supports Gov. Pritzker’s fair tax plan

“Raising needed revenue from those who can afford to pay a little more—while cutting taxes for 97 percent of filers—is the fair tax reform that’s long overdue in Illinois," AFSCME Council 31 Executive Director Roberta Lynch said.

Feb 28, 2019
AFSCME members re-elected to SERS Board of Trustees

AFSCME Local 805 President David Morris, Local 2081 President Stephen Mittons and Local 1805 member Jeremy “Tad” Hawk were re-elected on Feb. 21.

Feb 28, 2019
Fighting outsourcing, Rockford bus drivers testify at school board

Rockford school bus drivers of AFSCME Local 1275 are voicing opposition to the RPS 205 school board’s plan to outsource school bus services to a private, for-profit corporation.

Feb 27, 2019
City of Chicago election results

AFSCME-backed candidates fared well in the first round of voting in the city's municipal election on February 26. The run-off election is April 2.

Feb 13, 2019
IDOC employee recognized for raising awareness, funds for Special Olympics

Chuck Mattmiller, member of AFSCME Local 203 and correctional officer at Centralia Correctional Center, was awarded the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run’s Special Olympics Illinois Flame of Hope: “It gives me a joy and honor.”

Jan 29, 2019
AFSCME members set 2019 legislative agenda

More than 500 delegates from AFSCME local unions across the state braved single digit temperatures, wind and snow to gather in Springfield for the biennial AFSCME Legislative Conference to set the union’s 2019 legislative agenda.

Feb 20, 2019
Rauner in the mayor’s office?

Bill Daley and Willie Wilson have problematic political alliances and downright dangerous positions—both lost their bid to be Chicago's mayor.

Feb 07, 2019
One year later: AFSCME member Pamela Knight killed in the line of duty

In September 2017 AFSCME Local 448 member Pamela Knight, a DCFS child protection specialist, was sent to take a two-year-old child into protective custody. As she got out of her car, Knight was attacked. She died as a result of her injuries on February 8.

Jan 28, 2019
State employees to be placed on correct step effective April 1

The Pritzker administration has told state agencies to put employees on their rightful steps no later than April 1.

Jan 28, 2019
Supreme Court grants extension to state in impasse case

The Supreme Court entered an order granting "in part" the State's motion for an extension to decide whether to appeal the appellate court’s finding that Bruce Rauner had wrongly broken off state contract negotiations based on a false claim of impasse.

Jan 23, 2019
City of Chicago to revisit mental health clinic closures

The Chicago City Council voted to create a task force to study mental health services available and make recommendations to improve the city’s public mental health safety net. CDPH employees, members of AFSCME Local 505, played a key role in this fight.

Jan 15, 2019
Pritzker Administration puts a hold on Rauner’s closure of DHS office

Through their union, AFSCME, human services employees spoke out against a push by the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) to close its office—known as a family community resource center—in Havana. Now the decision is being revisited.

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