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Jun 14, 2021
New! Niles-Maine library employees form union with AFSCME

U.S. Rep. Schakowsky, other leaders sign letter backing workers, opposing library board’s threatened cuts.

Jun 09, 2021
Join Cook County employee picket for a fair contract

Join an Informational Picket with AFSCME members in Cook County government on Thursday, June 10 from 11:30am-1:30pm. Pickets will be held at three locations.

Jun 03, 2021
Fair pay progress for frontline heroes

After an intensive grassroots lobbying campaign by AFSCME members during the remote legislative session, lawmakers provided funding for a $1.50 wage increase in the state budget for frontline workers at state-funded community disability agencies.

Jun 03, 2021
New! Progress on the Legislative Front!

In an unprecedented “virtual” legislative session, AFSCME Council 31 succeeded in positively impacting the state budget and helping pass a number of bills of importance to union members—and block passage of a number that would be harmful.

May 24, 2021
New! Frontline Heroes Deserve Fair Pay

AFSCME members at community disability agencies are standing up for a desperately needed $2 wage increase in this year’s state budget—with language requiring employers to pass the raise directly to frontline workers.

May 11, 2021
Growing the Library Workers Movement Webinar

A panel of library worker activists discuss strategies for effective worker and community advocacy, building library worker power to make a difference!

May 04, 2021
COVID vaccines offer a shot of hope

AFSCME members are helping bring the light at the end of a long, dark tunnel as they help out with the state and local vaccination program.

May 03, 2021
Retirees: Vote for John Tilden in the SERS trustee election

SERS Retirees: Watch for your ballot in the mail, mark your vote for JOHN TILDEN and return it right away. Ballots must be received by June 1st for your vote to be counted.

Apr 28, 2021
Honoring those we have lost

April 28 marks the observance of Workers’ Memorial Day in the United States. This day honors fallen workers and serves as a reminder that the fight for safe workplaces must continue.

Apr 21, 2021
"AFSCME stands as one. Let’s vaccinate as one."

Randy Hellmann—a longtime Illinois AFSCME local union president, Council 31 executive board member and staff representative—died of COVID-19. His final wish was that his fellow union members get vaccinated.

Apr 15, 2021
AFSCME member is Illinois Head Start 2021 Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to AFSCME Local 900B Chief Steward Jennifer Feeney who was selected as the 2021 Teacher of the Year for the Illinois Head Start Association!

Apr 13, 2021
On the Job: Brad Hardcastle, Telecommunicator

In 2020, Hardcastle and his fellow AFSCME Local 1960 members answered approximately 214,908 calls, including 99,979 emergency calls, while dispatching to 35 different police and fire departments in Champaign County.

Apr 07, 2021
Local elections bring some good news

The majority of candidates endorsed by the AFSCME PEOPLE program won their races in the primary and general consolidated local elections, including two AFSCME members.

Feb 05, 2021
2021 Illinois Consolidated Election

Illinois voters across the state selected representatives for city councils, mayors, school boards, park boards and other local elected officials during the Illinois Consolidated Election on Apr. 6.

Apr 01, 2021
Students stand with EIU employees

Students at Eastern Illinois University are standing behind AFSCME Local 981 members fighting for a fair contract.

Mar 16, 2021
Pro-union PRO Act would empower workers

In a win for the labor movement, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act on March 9. The PRO Act reforms labor laws to give power back to workers so they can freely organize unions.

Mar 11, 2021
President Biden’s American Rescue Plan brings help to Illinois

AFSCME played a key role in ensuring the allocation of nearly $700 billion in investment in public services, including $360 billion in flexible aid for struggling states, cities, counties and schools—including some $13 billion to Illinois.

Feb 24, 2021
AFSCME rebuffs Chicago Tribune's demand for concessions from state employees

In a Feb. 24 letter to the editor, Council 31 Executive Director Roberta Lynch took on the Tribune's demand that Governor Pritzker "get tough" on AFSCME.

Feb 24, 2021
Probation employees join AFSCME

Despite all the challenges facing workers who want to join a union during the pandemic, the ranks of new AFSCME members are growing. On February 1, 164 employees of the 19th Circuit Chief Judge won certification of their union.

Mar 01, 2021
AFSCME’s Jack Matthews joins SERS Board of Trustees

AFSCME Local 1964 President Jack Matthews will join the State Employees Retirement System (SERS) Board of Trustees after being the only candidate who submitted sufficient signatures for election.

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