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Nov 08, 2019
New! AFSCME wins, no refund for Janus

A three-judge panel of the Illinois Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held on November 7 that Mark Janus is not entitled to retroactive reimbursement of fees AFSCME collected in good faith, in accordance with the prevailing Supreme Court precedent.

Oct 24, 2019
New! Strength in Solidarity: AFSCME Council 31’s 21st Biennial Convention

Gathering under the theme “Strength in Solidarity,” some 1,000 delegates, alternates and guests from across the state met in Springfield on October 17-19 for Council 31’s 21st biennial convention, setting our path over the next two years.

Sep 27, 2019
New! At last—back wages paid for missed steps

After four long years, AFSCME members across Illinois are happily welcoming payment for back wages owed to them for the step increases Bruce Rauner illegally withheld.

Sep 24, 2019
New! On the Job: Rebecca Cline at Belleville Public Library

As the youth services coordinator at the Belleville Public Library, Rebecca Cline is expected to work hard and play hard on the job.

Sep 24, 2019
New! Second union contract for Mosaic employees

Direct service personnel (DSPs) at Mosaic in Rockford made further gains in wages and protections in their second AFSCME contract.

Sep 24, 2019
New! Quad Cities 911 dispatchers stand strong

Dispatchers took their case to the streets and picketed their employer about the unsafe conditions created by excessive mandatory overtime—and they won.

Sep 24, 2019
New! Safeguarding affordable health care in Rockford

AFSCME Local 1058 members at the City of Rockford held the line on health care costs in a contract reopener this summer.

Sep 24, 2019
AFSCME Retiree Council visits Congress

“We must stay engaged and mobilized, not only to protect retirement security but to ensure that the labor movement, which plays such a vital role in fighting for a fair economy, can continue to grow.”

Sep 16, 2019
New! 20 years union for Wexford employees

Employees of Wexford Health Sources Inc. at Illinois correctional facilities celebrated a two-year contract agreement and their 20-year union anniversary this July.

Sep 16, 2019
New! Battle to save Hope Creek continues

AFSCME members are protesting the potential sale of Rock Island County's Hope Creek Care Center while they negotiated their next contract.

Sep 13, 2019
New! University employees pushing for fair pay

Working together, AFSCME members at public universities around the state who are currently in contract negotiations are making the case for fair wages and step plans that reward years of experience and loyalty.

Sep 13, 2019
New! Mental health center employees demand safe conditions

AFSCME Local 2767 members at the McFarland Mental Health Center in Springfield were being repeatedly subjected to violent attacks by high-risk patients. They decided assaults should never be considered just "part of the job."

Aug 15, 2019
New! Union family honors fallen co-worker

More than 450 AFSCME members and their families gathered to mourn the loss of their co-worker and friend, Officer Allissa Martin: “Everyone will know who Allissa Martin is and the impact she had on our facility.”

Jul 29, 2019
AFSCME members urge ISU to pay a living wage

Members of AFSCME Locals 1110 and 3236 are negotiating a new contract with Illinois State University—they brought their case for a living wage to the university’s July 26 board of trustees meeting.

Jul 11, 2019
On the Job: Michael Delgado at Winnebago County Jail

“My two biggest hopes are that when they get out, the inmates don’t come back. And that all our officers go home safe at the end of the day.”

Jul 10, 2019
2019 Larry Marquardt College Scholarship winners

The annual scholarship honoring the first executive director of Council 31 was awarded to Olivia Streeter and Victoria Revolinski. Congratulations to all our 2019 applicants, and good luck!

Jul 10, 2019
“What AFSCME has meant to our family”

Diego Andrade-Cabrera, son of AFSCME Local 2854 member Doris Andrade and recipient of a 2019 AFSCME Family Scholarship, describes how his mother's union job changed their lives for the better.

Jul 08, 2019
IPI keeps up assault on union members

A year after the Supreme Court ruling eliminating union fair-share fees, things haven’t turned out as Janus, Rauner or the IPI had planned. Instead, public employee unions have continued to grow all across the country.

Jul 08, 2019
AFSCME Strong in Joliet

AFSCME Local 440 members are committed to being 100% Union through member engagement, communication and unity.

Jun 26, 2019
Fulton County sheriff's deputy killed in line of duty

"This tragic incident is a painful reminder of the risks that so many public servants face as they serve their communities every day," Council 31 Executive Director Roberta Lynch said.

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