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

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

Aug 31, 2022
New! 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
New! 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.

Aug 09, 2022
New! Workers' rights are on the ballot!

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.

Jul 14, 2022
New! 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
New! 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
New! 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
New! 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.

Apr 27, 2022
Honoring those we have lost

April 28 marks the observance of Workers’ Memorial Day in the United States. The last year has taken far too many from our ranks at AFSCME Council 31. We honor their memory.

Apr 20, 2022
ISU employees ratify contract raising wages

More than 300 building, grounds and dining services employees of Illinois State University—members of AFSCME local 1110—overwhelmingly voted to approve the terms of an agreement reached last week on the brink of a campus-wide strike.

Apr 14, 2022
ISU employees' union reaches tentative agreement, averting strike

The AFSCME Local 1110 bargaining committee announced on April 14 that it has reached a tentative agreement with Illinois State University that advances the goals the union has been trying so hard to achieve at the bargaining table.

Mar 14, 2022
Fair pay... Pass it on!

AFSCME members at community disability agencies are standing up for a desperately needed wage increase in this year’s state budget—with language requiring employers to pass the raise directly to frontline workers.

Mar 07, 2022
AFSCME calls for help for Ukraine

AFSCME Council 31 stands with the people of Ukraine against the brutal assault on their nation and their democracy.

Mar 04, 2022
Union members step up after tornado kills six in Illinois

When a massive tornado swept through the Midwest on December 10, AFSCME Local 799 members at the Madison County Emergency Management Agency helped manage logistics for the rescue effort.

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