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

Bill Daley and Willie Wilson have problematic political alliances and downright dangerous positions.

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.”

Feb 07, 2019
New! 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 29, 2019
New! 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.

Jan 28, 2019
New! 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 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.

Jan 28, 2019
New! 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
New! 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
New! 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
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
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.

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.

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