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Jan 15, 2019
New! Human services workers fighting to save Mason County DHS office

Through their union, AFSCME, human services employees are speaking out against a push by the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) to close its office—known as a family community resource center—in Havana, the Mason County seat in central Illinois.

Jan 15, 2019
New! On the Job: Paula Johnson at St. Clair Associated Vocational Enterprises (SAVE)

“Teaching the clients skills and building trust make my work very meaningful. I love seeing their excitement.”

Jan 15, 2019
New! Thanks to AFSCME members, Chicago 311 is still public and better than ever

AFSCME’s anti-privatization efforts halted the city from outsourcing the non-emergency 311 center in Chicago, paving the way for new and improved services. Now the city-run operation is being hailed as a national model.

Jan 14, 2019
New! Good riddance, Rauner—JB Pritzker becomes Illinois governor

Bruce Rauner is out the door. That’s good news for the countless Illinois citizens who were grievously harmed by his vengeance politics, especially the thousands of state employees who were the prime targets of his animus.

Jan 08, 2019
New! AFSCME makes endorsements in City of Chicago races

The AFSCME Region I PEOPLE Committee comprised of AFSCME local union leaders in and around Chicago has made endorsements in aldermanic and city-wide contests.

Dec 17, 2018
AFSCME on Fox: Defending public pensions

On Fox Chicago, the union defended pensions amid renewed attacks by politicians and corporate front groups.

Dec 13, 2018
Unions oppose latest attack on pensions

Outgoing Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel called to wipe out the state Constitution's pension protection clause. The Illinois AFL-CIO and Chicago Federation of Labor were quick to stand together and say NO!

Dec 11, 2018
Holiday junk mail from Rauner's IPI

Latest spam trying to trick AFSCME members into quitting their union should go straight to the trash.

Nov 27, 2018
Defeated Rauner still wasting money, time in court

Administration asks for 60-day delay to appeal 'no impasse' finding as it heads out the door

Dec 11, 2018
Teachers at Old Town School of Folk Music form union with IFT

At a rally filled with music and celebration, teachers from the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago announced that an overwhelming majority of faculty have signed cards to form a union with the Illinois Federation of Teachers.

Dec 06, 2018
AFSCME member injured, former member killed in Bloomington bus tragedy

"The hearts of every AFSCME member go out to our sisters and brothers of Local 2608. Our prayers are with them and their loved ones," AFSCME Council 31 Executive Director Roberta Lynch said.

Dec 05, 2018
AFSCME members rush to help after Taylorville tornado

"Everyone was putting their lives on the line that night," AFSCME Local 3349 Vice President Dustin McClure said. "This is our community, so everybody pulled together."

Nov 30, 2018
AFSCME, other unions play role in Pritzker transition

Committee appointments signal that labor has a seat at the table in the new administration.

Nov 18, 2018
Rauner's labor board evades responsibility on state employee step increases

The ILRB has met twice without acting on AFSCME's motion seeking to have the board request a court order to put employees on the proper step.

Nov 13, 2018
100% Union: Moline-Coal Valley School District

AFSCME Local 672 President Terry Boone shares his story of unity in the face of the Janus Supreme Court decision.

Nov 12, 2018
IDOC employee gets position he deserves

After a two-year “roller coaster ride” AFSCME Local 3649 member Dustin York won his grievance and was placed in the position he worked hard to achieve at Robinson Correctional Center.

Nov 09, 2018
On the Job: Christina Loudermilk, City of Rockford

I’ve been with the city for 20 years now. That stability has provided health benefits for me and my whole family. It’s helped me purchase a home. I love my union. I couldn’t see myself surviving without it.

Nov 06, 2018
Voters reject Rauner, slam the door on anti-worker agenda

"Voters across the state repudiated Rauner and rejected his anti-worker, anti-union agenda up and down the ballot," AFSCME Council 31 Executive Director Roberta Lynch said.

Nov 07, 2018
2018 election results

AFSCME-recommended candidates made a clean sweep in statewide contests and gained enough seats in the General Assembly to establish a super-majority in the Illinois House and Senate so that we can advance a working people’s agenda.

Oct 25, 2018
Jackson County employees refuse to back down

After unanimously authorizing a strike, members of AFSCME Local 2464 at Jackson County in southern Illinois won a new union contract with fair pay and affordable health care.

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