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May 03, 2022
New! Watch out for misleading anti-union mail

Some Illinois AFSCME members have received communications from the so-called “Freedom Foundation,” or “Opt Out Today," a group that seeks to stop workers from collectively fighting to protect pensions, raise wages, or improve protections and benefits.

May 03, 2022
New! CGH Medical Center broke state labor law, judge rules

CGH Medical Center violated state labor law by instructing workers how to revoke their union membership, according to a recommended decision issued late March by an administrative law judge of the Illinois Labor Relations Board.

May 03, 2022
New! Progress made on fairer wages for DSPs

Because of AFSCME’s efforts, direct support professionals (DSPs) and other frontline employees at state-funded disability agencies have seen their wages go up an average of more than $5 per hour over the past five budget cycles.

May 02, 2022
New! Let’s vote together!

Primary Election Day is June 28 in Illinois. Early voting begins in many locations on May 19.

Apr 27, 2022
Honoring those we have lost

April 28 marks the observance of Workers’ Memorial Day in the United States. The last year has taken far too many from our ranks at AFSCME Council 31. We honor their memory.

Apr 20, 2022
ISU employees ratify contract raising wages

More than 300 building, grounds and dining services employees of Illinois State University—members of AFSCME local 1110—overwhelmingly voted to approve the terms of an agreement reached last week on the brink of a campus-wide strike.

Apr 14, 2022
ISU employees' union reaches tentative agreement, averting strike

The AFSCME Local 1110 bargaining committee announced on April 14 that it has reached a tentative agreement with Illinois State University that advances the goals the union has been trying so hard to achieve at the bargaining table.

Mar 14, 2022
Fair pay... Pass it on!

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

Mar 07, 2022
AFSCME calls for help for Ukraine

AFSCME Council 31 stands with the people of Ukraine against the brutal assault on their nation and their democracy.

Mar 04, 2022
Union members step up after tornado kills six in Illinois

When a massive tornado swept through the Midwest on December 10, AFSCME Local 799 members at the Madison County Emergency Management Agency helped manage logistics for the rescue effort.

Mar 01, 2022
Winning back $148,000 in unpaid wages

AFSCME Local 1216 members at Loretto Hospital uncovered a system payroll error—more than 100 nurses had been underpaid to the tune of $148,000. Back pay returned to individual employees ranged from a few dollars to more than $10,000.

Mar 01, 2022
AFSCME member’s detective skills reunite a mother and son

“I could see the angst in her eyes,” AFSCME Local 2953 executive board member and chief steward Serbekian Minas said. “How can I not help this woman as much as I can and go the extra mile?"

Feb 25, 2022
50 years after marching with MLK

This Black History Month we honor the foundational contributions of Chicagoan James Riley, former sanitation worker and AFSCME member in Memphis who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968.

Feb 10, 2022
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 54 years ago this month, to affirming that Black Lives Matter today.

Feb 04, 2022
Illinois-Missouri pay gap underscores the union difference

In Illinois, state workers have a strong union voice and robust collective bargaining rights. In Missouri, their bargaining rights are restricted and unions weakened. There's a stark union difference between the two sides of the Mississippi River.

Jan 25, 2022
Marlon Thomas: DSPs on the Front Lines

Marlon and his coworkers do essential work supporting individuals with developmental disabilities at state-funded human service agencies. The median wage? Just $12 an hour. AFSCME is lobbying to raise wages and ensure they go directly to workers' pockets!

Jan 14, 2022
Historic union wins at Art Institute of Chicago

Staff at the Art Institute of Chicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago voted overwhelmingly to form their union—the Art Institute of Chicago Workers United—with AFSCME Council 31 in mail-ballot elections tallied January 11 and 12.

Jan 05, 2022
Mourning a hero: AFSCME statement on DCFS employee Deidre Silas

"We are heartbroken at the loss of Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) investigator and AFSCME member Deidre Silas of Springfield, murdered Tuesday while responding to a report of children in danger."

Jan 02, 2022
State Vaccine Mandate Interest Arbitration—Ruling and Dissent

On December 29 Arbitrator Edwin Benn ruled against AFSCME members in the interest arbitration regarding the State’s plan to require COVID vaccinations for employees in IDOC and IDJJ.

Dec 22, 2021
Multiple ways to get COVID vaccine, booster, and testing through holiday season

Positive cases of COVID-19 are surging in Illinois at a time when family and friends gather for the holidays. IDPH is offering opportunities for residents to get tested, vaccinated or boosted in their communities.

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