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.

Dec 12, 2023
911 SAVES Act would honor dispatchers, give access to additional resources

911 dispatchers help keep us safe every day. That’s why AFSCME strongly supports the 911 Supporting Accurate Views of Emergency Services (911 SAVES) Act.

Nov 27, 2023
Severe assaults on employees in two state prisons

An educator and a correctional officer were brutally beaten at Sheridan CC. At Joliet Treatment Center, a correctional officer was assaulted—and short-staffing was a contributing factor.

Nov 27, 2023
Elk Grove library workers win with help of community

When AFSCME members at the Elk Grove Village Public Library sent their bargaining committee into negotiations in March, they were aiming high. With the help of their community, they achieved their goals.

Nov 27, 2023
AFSCME intervenes to block sale of DeKalb nursing home

The sale of the DeKalb County Nursing Home to a for-profit buyer has been blocked by a state review board after new light was shed on the questionable background and ethics of its would-be for-profit buyer.

Nov 21, 2023
Local 2040 members take bus driver shortage into their own hands

A novel training program spearheaded by AFSCME results in the filling of all driver vacancies

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