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Feb 05, 2021
New! 2021 Illinois Consolidated Election

Illinois voters across the state will select representatives for city councils, mayors, school boards, park boards and other local elected officials during the Illinois Consolidated Election on Apr. 6. Primary is Feb. 23.

Feb 24, 2021
New! 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
New! 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
New! 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.

Feb 18, 2021
New! AFSCME Council 31 COVID Vaccination Forum

Get answers to your questions about the COVID-19 vaccines. Watch this Feb. 4, 2021, virtual forum and Q&A with AFSCME staff and union members.

Feb 17, 2021
New! Pritzker's budget plan provides path forward

Governor Pritzker’s budget plan for the 2022 fiscal year appears to maintain vital services, continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic and meets the state’s pension obligations.

Jan 22, 2021
VIDEO: Dr. Landon on the COVID vaccines

Dr. Emily Landon answers frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccines. Landon, an infectious disease expert at the University of Chicago, appeared on an IDHS virtual town hall meeting.

Feb 08, 2021
Karen Lewis, tireless fighter for justice

Statement of Roberta Lynch, AFSCME Council 31 Executive Director on the passing of former Chicago Teachers Union president, Karen Lewis.

Jan 26, 2021
New! Supreme Court denies Janus

The U.S. Supreme Court announced on Jan. 25 that it won’t hear a bloc of cases that sought to financially kneecap unions for obeying the law.

Jan 22, 2021
Judge rejects management objections to CGH union

Nearly 1,000 employees of CGH Medical Center in Sterling took a big step toward realizing their goal of forming a union with AFSCMCE this week when a state labor board administrative law judge rejected objections raised by CGH management.

Jan 14, 2021
AFSCME efforts protect worker rights in criminal justice reform bill

Early drafts of criminal justice reform legislation threatened employee bargaining rights and legal protections, but member phone calls and staff lobbying efforts blocked the most harmful provisions.

Jan 06, 2021
New! The path forward: COVID-19 vaccine comes to Illinois

Getting vaccinated can prevent getting sick with COVID-19 and spreading the virus to your co-workers and loved ones.

Jan 05, 2021
New! Closing prisons isn't the answer to state finances

A budget shortfall of this magnitude can’t be fixed by cutting employee wages and hiring freezes, or by closing prisons.

Dec 15, 2020
State employees shouldn't bear unfair share of revenue shortfall

Governor Pritzker announced a plan to address Illinois’ dire revenue shortfall. AFSCME disagrees that frontline state employees should be expected to sacrifice more. Read the full statement from Executive Director Roberta Lynch.

Dec 09, 2020
Stay resilient during the pandemic

Resilience is the ability to face and recover from adversity and prolonged stress. Try these strategies to help yourself stay mentally and physically resilient during this difficult time.

Dec 08, 2020
Stop the Sale of Our Water & Sewer!

A public water system is the best way to ensure accountability for employees, consumers and our community. AFSCME Council 31 urges opposition to the proposed sale of Rock Island’s municipal water service to a for-profit operator.

Dec 08, 2020
New AFSCME members at Oak Lawn Public Library

Oak Lawn Public Library employees have formed a union with AFSCME Council 31. The nearly 80 librarians, library assistants, library associates and pages voted to join the union and filed their petition with the Illinois Labor Relations Board.

Nov 06, 2020
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 30, 2020
AFSCME members help students thrive—safely

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

Oct 30, 2020
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.”

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