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Nov 09, 2022
New! 2022 Election Results For AFSCME-Recommended Candidates

AFSCME-recommended candidates won up and down the ballot in the Nov. 8 general election.

Nov 09, 2022
New! Big wins for workers in 2022 election

Workers and retirees won big in Illinois, passing the Workers' Rights Amendment and electing union-backed candidates in nearly every state and federal race, and in a majority of county contests.

Nov 04, 2022
New! Vote YES on the Workers' Rights Amendment!

With the Workers’ Rights Amendment in place, politicians couldn’t simply change the law to take away wages, benefits, workplace safety protections or other provisions of your union contract — the state Constitution would stand in their way.

Nov 02, 2022
New! Newberry Library employees win union election with AFSCME

Employees of the Newberry Library voted to form Newberry Workers United/AFSCME, with more than 75% of votes cast being in favor of the union.

Oct 20, 2022
New! Long contract fight pays off for Local 1514

It took nearly three years at the bargaining table, but at last members of AFSCME Local 1514 have won a contract they can be proud of.

Sep 23, 2022
Champaign-Urbana Public Health employees forming union with AFSCME

Nearly 100 employees of the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District are coming together to form their union with AFSCME Council 31. Workers say they’re fighting for fair pay, transparency, and equal opportunity.

Sep 22, 2022
New! Art Institute adjuncts demand voluntary union recognition

Art Institute of Chicago Workers United announced on Sept. 21 that a majority of the 600 adjunct professors and lecturers have signed union cards and are asking school administration to recognize their union.

Sep 14, 2022
New! AFSCME Recommendations: 2022 General Election

AFSCME Illinois PEOPLE has recommended the following candidates in the 2022 general election.

Aug 31, 2022
Pritzker announces emergency hiring plan to address short-staffing in state government

The Pritzker Administration announced steps to speed up and expand hiring in state government. Council 31 Executive Director Roberta Lynch says our union will do all we can to advance that effort.

Aug 15, 2022
Newberry Library employees forming union with AFSCME

Employees of the Newberry Library in Chicago are forming a union, the workers’ organizing committee announced today in an open letter to their colleagues.

Jul 14, 2022
Good news for Vandalia CC employees

In response to forceful protests, the Illinois Department of Corrections has halted a plan to sharply reduce capacity at Vandalia Correctional Center—a plan that many feared was a precursor to closing the prison entirely.

Jul 06, 2022
AFSCME member is Illinois’ 2022 DSP of the Year

Veronica Lea has been a direct support professional (DSP) for 30 years. She works at Trinity Services, Inc., helping senior women with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She is the 2022 Illinois DSP of the Year.

Jul 06, 2022
New! AFSCME holds 45th International Convention

Beginning July 11 in Philadelphia, AFSCME members will convene in person for AFSCME's 45th International Convention. It will be the first in-person convention in four years. The theme is aptly “All Together.”

Jun 29, 2022
New! Primary Election Results

Primary Election Day was June 28 in Illinois. We voted together to elect pro-worker candidates. And Winnebago County decisively voted YES to save River Bluff Nursing Home.

Jun 06, 2022
Action! Save DeKalb County Rehab & Nursing Center

The DeKalb County Board will consider a resolution to sell the county's public nursing home to a for-profit company.

Jun 03, 2022
Judge rejects IPI attempt to thwart Workers’ Rights Amendment

The IPI filed a lawsuit attempting to stop the Workers' Rights Amendment from being on the ballot in November. But it didn’t work. Sangamon County Circuit Judge denied their petition.

May 24, 2022
New! CGH illegally retaliated by firing a union supporter

CGH Medical Center in Sterling has been found in violation of state labor law—again. The public hospital illegally retaliated against employees who engaged in lawful activities and wrongfully fired a union supporter.

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
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
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.

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