Sep 23, 2021
New! Notice: Cook County Pension Fund Annuitant Trustee Election

Cook County retirees have a chance to vote to protect their retirement security. AFSCME Illinois Retiree Chapter 31 is recommending Kulmeet "Bob" Galhotra for trustee in the October 27 mail-ballot election.

Sep 21, 2021
New! 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
New! 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
New! 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.

Sep 21, 2021
New! “What AFSCME has meant to our family”

Miley Worker is winner of a national 2021 AFSCME Family Scholarship and the daughter of AFSCME Council 31 Executive Board member and Local 993 President Tim Worker.

Sep 15, 2021
“AFSCME helped me get what I always wanted”

AFSCME member Courtney Edwards is getting her college degree—for free—with AFSCME. Union members and their families are eligible for the free college degree programs.

Sep 15, 2021
Vaccination offers strong protection against Delta variant

Fully vaccinated individuals are five times less likely to get infected, more than ten times less likely to die of COVID than unvaccinated individuals and more than ten times less likely to be hospitalized.

Sep 08, 2021
COVID soaring again—Delta variant strikes hard

Vaccines have proven to be the most effective way by far to protect against the coronavirus and its variants, reducing infection and preventing hospitalization and death.

Sep 03, 2021
Americans are pro-union

Americans’ approval of labor unions is at the highest point it’s been in decades—68%—a recent Gallup poll found.

Aug 19, 2021
Learn About the AFSCME Free College Benefit

Back to school time—it could be you! All AFSCME members, retirees and their families are eligible for the AFSCME Free College benefit, a FREE, online associate and bachelor degree program. Visit for more information.

Aug 10, 2021
School joins Art Institute of Chicago Workers United and AFSCME

More than 300 employees of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago are forming a union, joining 300 workers on the museum side of the Art Institute. Both groups are coming together as the Art Institute of Chicago Workers United (AICWU).

Aug 03, 2021
Art Institute of Chicago workers join AFSCME

More than 300 employees of the Art Institute of Chicago are forming a union, the Art Institute of Chicago Workers United (AICWU), with AFSCME. The announcement came Aug. 3 in a public letter signed by 60 employees.

Jul 30, 2021
AFSCME members protest proposed sale of city water service

AFSCME Local 988 members sounded the alarm about a private corporation pushing to take over the city's water service with a robust informational picket: “I don’t think something like water should be used for profit."

Jul 22, 2021
Child tax credits arrive

Last week AFSCME members got a big boost in their “mailboxes”—the largest-ever tax cut for working families in American history is the newly expanded child tax credit, part of President Biden’s American Rescue Plan.

Jul 22, 2021
Big win for Niles public library

One day after a rally when more than 150 AFSCME members and their supporters spoke out against threatened cuts to library staff, services and hours, the Niles-Maine library board approved a budget plan that avoids the worst of the cuts.

Jul 01, 2021
Illinois budget—outlook good!

Illinois' credit rating has been upgraded for the first time in more than 20 years.

Jun 29, 2021
Cook County employees win contract

After months of bargaining, 4,000 Cook County employees secured a new union contract with significant pay increases.

Jun 23, 2021
Tentative agreement reached with Cook County

We did it! On June 23, the AFSCME bargaining committee reached a tentative agreement on a new union contract for some 4,000 members in Cook County government.

Jun 14, 2021
Niles-Maine library employees form union with AFSCME

U.S. Rep. Schakowsky, other leaders sign letter backing workers, opposing library board’s threatened cuts.

Jun 03, 2021
Fair pay progress for frontline heroes

After an intensive grassroots lobbying campaign by AFSCME members during the remote legislative session, lawmakers provided funding for a $1.50 wage increase in the state budget for frontline workers at state-funded community disability agencies.

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