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Feb 07, 2020
New! Get the facts on the Fair Tax!

Check out an interactive map showing what the Fair Tax will mean to you and your community and download a helpful fact sheet.

Feb 03, 2020
New! AFSCME members endorse in primary, prepare for upcoming elections

More than 500 delegates to Council 31’s PEOPLE Conference on Feb. 1 made endorsements for the March Primary election, prepared for the crusade to pass a Fair Tax in Illinois, and set the union’s 2020 legislative agenda.

Jan 24, 2020
Action! No union-busters at Hope Creek Care Center!

"Union contract will be a deal killer," privatizing CEO says.

Feb 03, 2020
New! Register & Vote!

Illinois’ primary Election Day is March 17. To make your voice heard, be sure you are registered to vote—and be sure to vote! Here’s everything you need to know.

Feb 03, 2020
New! AFSCME Endorsements: 2020 March Primary

The Illinois Primary Election in March will provide an opportunity to choose candidates who will fight for workers’ rights in the November election. Make your voice heard and VOTE!

Jan 06, 2020
A graduate at age 57: “If I can do it, you can do it!”

AFSCME Local 3692 member Bill Jones completed his associate degree at age 57—completely free with the AFSCME Free College benefit.

Jan 06, 2020
Union gets justice for Chicago library employees

Steward’s investigation finds contract violation and AFSCME member wins decisive victory in arbitration.

Nov 18, 2019
On the Job: Corey Colvin at Rock Island Board of Education

“We’re all here to serve these kids and that’s our job. This is a community and we are all an important part of it.”

Nov 14, 2019
Milestone keeps making strides

This September AFSCME Local 2515 members at Milestone Inc. ratified their third union contract since forming their union with AFSCME in 2014, improving wages and making no concessions.

Nov 14, 2019
City of Champaign makes gains

Using interest-based negotiations for the first time, AFSCME Local 1960 at the City of Champaign settled a three-year contract in less than three months.

Nov 13, 2019
Homewood library employees win first union contract

Employees at Homewood Public Library certified their union with AFSCME three years ago. Now, after two years of picketing, leafleting, marching and testifying for a fair contract, these new AFSCME members finally have a first contract.

Nov 08, 2019
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

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