May 31, 2024
New! Evanston Public Works action leads to union wins

After experiencing a sharp uptick in the number of on-the-job injuries and violations of their union contract, workers in the Evanston Public Works Department took to the picket line in an action that caught management’s attention.

May 31, 2024
New! Wilmington city workers look out for undervalued positions

“A lot of our new members came away seeing what organized labor can do and how it can impact members’ benefits and rights,” local president Jack Sadrakula said. “This contract was pushed through by the entire union."

May 29, 2024
New! Shedd workers expose anti-union campaign by aquarium’s top leadership

Employees at the Shedd Aquarium are blowing the whistle on management's anti-union misinformation and intimidation campaign.

May 29, 2024
New! Macon County conservation workers join AFSCME

The 20 employees of the Macon County Conservation District protect Macon County’s precious natural areas. Now they have a union to protect themselves.

May 24, 2024
New! AFSCME slams Stateville-Logan plans at hearing

At a Springfield hearing on May 10, AFSCME laid bare how detrimental the Illinois Department of Corrections’ proposed plans to close Stateville and Logan correctional centers would be for staff and individuals in custody.

Apr 18, 2024
New! Shedd Aquarium workers forming union with AFSCME

John G. Shedd Aquarium employees announced on April 18 they are forming their union, Shedd Workers United, with AFSCME Council 31.

Apr 04, 2024
AFSCME-backed bill would put brakes on selling, closing public nursing homes

State legislation supported by AFSCME Council 31 would give county residents a stronger voice on questions of sales or closures of nursing homes.

Apr 03, 2024
AFSCME member returns resident’s priceless heirloom

After a DeKalb resident had given up hope of finding a family heirloom he lost after a slip on winter snow, David Block, a member of AFSCME Local 813, returned it against all odds.

Apr 03, 2024
Three AFSCME members secure seats on state pension board

These three candidates gathered enough signatures from fund participants to get on the ballot and to defend retirement security for state employees on the SERS pension board. All three have been declared the winners of the races.

Mar 26, 2024
Fair Tier 2: The path forward

Understanding the unfairness of Tier 2 and the challenges of fixing it

Mar 26, 2024
Tier 2: Your questions answered

How to find out if you're on a Tier 2 pension, why lawmakers are so reluctant to address pensions, and more.

Apr 26, 2024
New! Workers Memorial Day: Remembering fallen workers

On April 28 we observe Workers Memorial Day, a day to remember workers who have been killed on the job and to recommit ourselves to fighting for safer working conditions for all.

Mar 22, 2024
2024 Primary Election Results for AFSCME-recommended candidates

AFSCME-recommended candidates won up and down the ballot in the March 19 primary elections. Overall, 80% of our endorsed candidates prevailed.

Mar 15, 2024
AFSCME raises serious concerns, questions about plan for Stateville, Logan prisons

The Department of Corrections plan to demolish Stateville and Logan prisons and build new facilities in their place raises more questions than it answers. “We have grave concerns,” Council 31 executive director Roberta Lynch said.

Feb 14, 2024
Museum of Contemporary Art employees form union with AFSCME

The wave of union organizing among Chicago cultural workers just keeps rolling: 32 employees of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago released a letter on Feb. 14 saying they are forming their union with AFSCME Council 31.

Feb 01, 2024
Capital improvements lag in IDOC

AFSCME members say the delays in much-needed repairs and improvements are often inexplicable.

Feb 01, 2024
Local 1019 member’s startling discovery spurs new research

Dr. Meredith Mahoney, a zoologist at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield and a steward for AFSCME Local 1019, has made a surprising discovery which became a launchpad for significant research into an invasive insect.

Jan 31, 2024
Pay increases follow victory over privatization

Just months after AFSCME members at the DeKalb County Nursing Home defeated an effort to sell their home, they've won a new contract that solidifies their future at the home.

Jan 31, 2024
Meet one of AFSCME's youngest members

Clayten White may only be 18 years old, but he's already found a career in corrections where he can grow and advance.

Nov 29, 2023
Progress towards fair pay at NIU

Six weeks after Northern Illinois University support staff went public with their frustration over low pay at work and long delays at the bargaining table, they’ve won a new union contract that makes significant strides toward improving wages.

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