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Mar 12, 2019
New! AFSCME backs pro-worker candidates for April 2 local elections

Local elections matter, whether for city council, mayor or other important positions in local government. Learn about union-recommended candidates in Chicago, its suburbs, Springfield, Peoria and elsewhere.

Mar 07, 2019
New! AFSCME supports Gov. Pritzker’s fair tax plan

“Raising needed revenue from those who can afford to pay a little more—while cutting taxes for 97 percent of filers—is the fair tax reform that’s long overdue in Illinois," AFSCME Council 31 Executive Director Roberta Lynch said.

Mar 07, 2019
New! AFSCME Council 31 is now accepting applications for annual Larry Marquardt Scholarship

AFSCME Council 31 members in good standing and children of AFSCME members who are high school seniors or college students under the age of 25 are eligible to apply for these $2,000 college scholarships.

Feb 28, 2019
New! AFSCME members re-elected to SERS Board of Trustees

AFSCME Local 805 President David Morris, Local 2081 President Stephen Mittons and Local 1805 member Jeremy “Tad” Hawk were re-elected on Feb. 21.

Feb 28, 2019
New! Fighting outsourcing, Rockford bus drivers testify at school board

Rockford school bus drivers of AFSCME Local 1275 are voicing opposition to the RPS 205 school board’s plan to outsource school bus services to a private, for-profit corporation.

Feb 27, 2019
New! City of Chicago election results

AFSCME-backed candidates fared well in the first round of voting in the city's municipal election on February 26. The run-off election is April 2.

Feb 13, 2019
New! IDOC employee recognized for raising awareness, funds for Special Olympics

Chuck Mattmiller, member of AFSCME Local 203 and correctional officer at Centralia Correctional Center, was awarded the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run’s Special Olympics Illinois Flame of Hope: “It gives me a joy and honor.”

Jan 29, 2019
AFSCME members set 2019 legislative agenda

More than 500 delegates from AFSCME local unions across the state braved single digit temperatures, wind and snow to gather in Springfield for the biennial AFSCME Legislative Conference to set the union’s 2019 legislative agenda.

Feb 20, 2019
Rauner in the mayor’s office?

Bill Daley and Willie Wilson have problematic political alliances and downright dangerous positions—both lost their bid to be Chicago's mayor.

Feb 07, 2019
One year later: AFSCME member Pamela Knight killed in the line of duty

In September 2017 AFSCME Local 448 member Pamela Knight, a DCFS child protection specialist, was sent to take a two-year-old child into protective custody. As she got out of her car, Knight was attacked. She died as a result of her injuries on February 8.

Jan 28, 2019
State employees to be placed on correct step effective April 1

The Pritzker administration has told state agencies to put employees on their rightful steps no later than April 1.

Jan 28, 2019
Supreme Court grants extension to state in impasse case

The Supreme Court entered an order granting "in part" the State's motion for an extension to decide whether to appeal the appellate court’s finding that Bruce Rauner had wrongly broken off state contract negotiations based on a false claim of impasse.

Jan 23, 2019
City of Chicago to revisit mental health clinic closures

The Chicago City Council voted to create a task force to study mental health services available and make recommendations to improve the city’s public mental health safety net. CDPH employees, members of AFSCME Local 505, played a key role in this fight.

Jan 15, 2019
Pritzker Administration puts a hold on Rauner’s closure of DHS office

Through their union, AFSCME, human services employees spoke 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. Now the decision is being revisited.

Jan 15, 2019
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
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
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.

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.

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