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Nov 06, 2020
New! 2020 General Election Results

Americans have voted in huge numbers to move forward to tackle our nation’s greatest challenges and make life better for all of us.

Oct 27, 2020
New! Vote for a voice on IMRF pension board

In the IMRF Trustee election, the IEA and AFSCME recommend AFSCME member Tracie Mitchell and IEA member Hugh Cunningham to serve a five-year term. Ballots must be received by the IMRF by December 4.

Oct 30, 2020
New! AFSCME members help students thrive—safely

“We’re going to get through this. We know AFSCME has our back.”

Oct 30, 2020
New! New Chief Safety Officer position makes prisons safer

Union-created role addresses crises, issues in pandemic: “The union’s Chief Safety Officer is there to ensure that the safety of all is priority number one.”

Oct 27, 2020
New! Remote education a balancing act, especially for women

School closings have kept kids at home and, as a result, many parents—mothers in particular—are struggling to meet the needs of both their children and their jobs.

Oct 27, 2020
New! On the Job: Jamie Sonta Smith at Carterville School District #5

“We keep these kids safe when they go to school—even more now.”

Oct 14, 2020
Illinois AFL-CIO President Tim Drea calls for action on stimulus

"This should not be a partisan issue. The coronavirus is devastating all communities governed by officials from both parties. And federal aid is designed to save jobs and public services everywhere."

Jul 31, 2020
Fair Tax facts: Don't be misled!

The Fair Tax amendment is popular, necessary and the right thing to do. Opponents who want to avoid paying their share try to confuse voters about what fair tax reform will do. Here are the facts to fight back against their false attacks.

Oct 08, 2020
New! Trump blocks aid to state, local governments

President Trump said on Tuesday, October 6 that he would halt all negotiations for a coronavirus relief bill with Congress until after the election.

Oct 08, 2020
New! Why We Vote

An interview with Maja Lindall (age 10), On the Move contributing artist.

Sep 01, 2020
Stay Safe: Suicide Awareness Month

Twelve employees at the Department of Corrections died by suicide last year. During Suicide Awareness month, AFSCME is sharing a message of hope and concern.

Jul 29, 2020
Illinois expands vote by mail

Safe voting options increased during ongoing pandemic when Gov. JB Pritzker signed a law expanding the state’s vote-by-mail program for the general election in November.

Aug 31, 2020
VIDEO: AFSCME is ready to meet this moment

Members of the AFSCME Council 31 Executive Board share their thoughts on the challenges before us as we work to end ingrained racism.

Aug 29, 2020
Larry Marquardt Scholarship winners head to college

Congratulations to three children of AFSCME members—Rachel Ashley, Mary Hicks and Edward McMillian—who were awarded AFSCME Council 31’s 2020 Larry Marquardt Scholarship.

Aug 20, 2020
Fighting the virus

Tens of thousands of AFSCME members have been at their worksites daily throughout the pandemic in cities, counties, universities, school districts, and nonprofit agencies all across the state, performing work deemed essential.

Aug 04, 2020
Layoffs, budget cuts loom if Senate Republicans don’t act

President Trump and Senate Republicans are refusing to include critical aid to state and local governments in a new federal coronavirus relief package.

Jul 22, 2020
O School counselors join AFSCME

Support our newest AFSCME members as they advocate for their students and one other at the bargaining table.

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.

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