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Jan 14, 2022
New! Historic union wins at Art Institute of Chicago

Staff at the Art Institute of Chicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago voted overwhelmingly to form their union—the Art Institute of Chicago Workers United—with AFSCME Council 31 in mail-ballot elections tallied January 11 and 12.

Jan 05, 2022
New! Mourning a hero: AFSCME statement on DCFS employee Deidre Silas

"We are heartbroken at the loss of Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) investigator and AFSCME member Deidre Silas of Springfield, murdered Tuesday while responding to a report of children in danger."

Jan 02, 2022
New! State Vaccine Mandate Interest Arbitration—Ruling and Dissent

On December 29 Arbitrator Edwin Benn ruled against AFSCME members in the interest arbitration regarding the State’s plan to require COVID vaccinations for employees in IDOC and IDJJ.

Dec 22, 2021
New! Multiple ways to get COVID vaccine, booster, and testing through holiday season

Positive cases of COVID-19 are surging in Illinois at a time when family and friends gather for the holidays. IDPH is offering opportunities for residents to get tested, vaccinated or boosted in their communities.

Dec 15, 2021
New! Recent wins at the bargaining table

We're stronger when we unite together to make our voices heard. These local unions worked together to negotiate fair contracts with their employers.

Dec 15, 2021
New! VIDEO: We're voting yes! AICWU union election underway

Members of the Art Institute of Chicago Workers United (AICWU) are seeking the union difference with AFSCME. Their union vote is now underway, with mail-in ballots due in early January. This inspiring video captures the spirit of their organizing drive.

Dec 14, 2021
New! EIU workers win contract battle

AFSCME Local 981 members at Eastern Illinois University fought long and hard to win a new union contract that protects their jobs and increases their wages.

Dec 14, 2021
New! Solidarity blocks privatization in Rock Island

A yearlong fight to save Rock Island’s public water service ended in victory for the public works employees of AFSCME Local 988 when the city in September announced it would drop plans to privatize.

Dec 09, 2021
New! State pension funds benefit from big returns

State pension funds for teachers, state employees and university employees are healthier than they’ve been in years, thanks to big investment returns.

Dec 06, 2021
New! LaSalle Co. health dept. joins AFSCME

“They desperately needed representation and a seat at the table.”

Dec 06, 2021
New! AFSCME grows ranks in pandemic

Growth is one of AFSCME Council 31’s most vital missions. Seeking the union difference, more than 1,500 workers have organized with AFSCME Council 31 since March 2020.

Nov 15, 2021
New! Biden signs bipartisan infrastructure bill

President Joe Biden signed the historic bipartisan infrastructure bill on Nov. 15, bringing more than $17 billion for capital projects in Illinois.

Nov 02, 2021
New! Museum, school employees file for historic union election at Art Institute of Chicago

Employees of the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC, the museum) and the School of the Art Institute (SAIC, the college) took another big step toward forming their union when they filed representation petitions with the National Labor Relations Board.

Nov 10, 2021
New! Supreme Court refuses to take up cases aimed at weakening unions

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear four cases aimed at expanding the scope of its 2018 ruling in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31.

Oct 29, 2021
New! Better Together: AFSCME Council 31 Convention

With the theme of Better Together, AFSCME Council 31’s 22nd biennial convention focused on all that has been achieved through solidarity over the last two years—and the importance of staying united to overcome the challenges ahead.

Oct 29, 2021
New! VIDEO: In Memoriam—Rest in Power

This memorial video of AFSCME members who we have lost since our last convention in 2019 was aired at convention on October 15, 2021 and includes a beautiful performance by Renee Barnes who is on the staff of our international union.

Oct 27, 2021
New! VIDEO: AFSCME Council 31 On the Front Lines

AFSCME members have been on the front lines of this pandemic since Day One and we’re still going strong. Don’t miss this video that premiered at the Council 31 convention on October 16.

Sep 21, 2021
On the Job: Bill Van Buskirk

A member of AFSCME Local 799 and a Madison County Probation Officer, this AFSCME member makes a difference every day.

Sep 21, 2021
AFSCME helps change the law for Wexford CNAs

In the spring state legislative session, the AFSCME Council 31 lobbying team secured passage of a bill that helps certified nursing assistants (CNAs) in the Illinois Department of Corrections maintain their certification.

Sep 21, 2021
AFSCME members keep children safe through pandemic

Three Child Protection Specialists in the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services share their stories of protecting the well-being of vulnerable children despite the risks to their own health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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