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Jan 26, 2021
New! Supreme Court denies Janus

The U.S. Supreme Court announced on Jan. 25 that it won’t hear a bloc of cases that sought to financially kneecap unions for obeying the law.

Jan 22, 2021
New! VIDEO: Dr. Landon on the COVID vaccines

Dr. Emily Landon answers frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccines. Landon, an infectious disease expert at the University of Chicago, appeared on an IDHS virtual town hall meeting.

Jan 22, 2021
New! Judge rejects management objections to CGH union

Nearly 1,000 employees of CGH Medical Center in Sterling took a big step toward realizing their goal of forming a union with AFSCMCE this week when a state labor board administrative law judge rejected objections raised by CGH management.

Jan 14, 2021
New! AFSCME efforts protect worker rights in criminal justice reform bill

Early drafts of criminal justice reform legislation threatened employee bargaining rights and legal protections, but member phone calls and staff lobbying efforts blocked the most harmful provisions.

Jan 06, 2021
New! The path forward: COVID-19 vaccine comes to Illinois

Getting vaccinated can prevent getting sick with COVID-19 and spreading the virus to your co-workers and loved ones.

Jan 05, 2021
New! Closing prisons isn't the answer to state finances

A budget shortfall of this magnitude can’t be fixed by cutting employee wages and hiring freezes, or by closing prisons.

Dec 15, 2020
State employees shouldn't bear unfair share of revenue shortfall

Governor Pritzker announced a plan to address Illinois’ dire revenue shortfall. AFSCME disagrees that frontline state employees should be expected to sacrifice more. Read the full statement from Executive Director Roberta Lynch.

Dec 09, 2020
Stay resilient during the pandemic

Resilience is the ability to face and recover from adversity and prolonged stress. Try these strategies to help yourself stay mentally and physically resilient during this difficult time.

Dec 08, 2020
Action! Stop the Sale of Our Water & Sewer!

A public water system is the best way to ensure accountability for employees, consumers and our community. AFSCME Council 31 urges opposition to the proposed sale of Rock Island’s municipal water service to a for-profit operator.

Dec 08, 2020
New AFSCME members at Oak Lawn Public Library

Oak Lawn Public Library employees have formed a union with AFSCME Council 31. The nearly 80 librarians, library assistants, library associates and pages voted to join the union and filed their petition with the Illinois Labor Relations Board.

Nov 06, 2020
2020 General Election Results

Americans have voted in huge numbers to move forward to tackle our nation’s greatest challenges and make life better for all of us.

Oct 30, 2020
AFSCME members help students thrive—safely

“We’re going to get through this. We know AFSCME has our back.”

Oct 30, 2020
New Chief Safety Officer position makes prisons safer

Union-created role addresses crises, issues in pandemic: “The union’s Chief Safety Officer is there to ensure that the safety of all is priority number one.”

Oct 27, 2020
Remote education a balancing act, especially for women

School closings have kept kids at home and, as a result, many parents—mothers in particular—are struggling to meet the needs of both their children and their jobs.

Oct 27, 2020
On the Job: Jamie Sonta Smith at Carterville School District #5

“We keep these kids safe when they go to school—even more now.”

Oct 14, 2020
Illinois AFL-CIO President Tim Drea calls for action on stimulus

"This should not be a partisan issue. The coronavirus is devastating all communities governed by officials from both parties. And federal aid is designed to save jobs and public services everywhere."

Oct 08, 2020
New! Trump blocks aid to state, local governments

President Trump said on Tuesday, October 6 that he would halt all negotiations for a coronavirus relief bill with Congress until after the election.

Oct 08, 2020
New! Why We Vote

An interview with Maja Lindall (age 10), On the Move contributing artist.

Sep 01, 2020
Stay Safe: Suicide Awareness Month

Twelve employees at the Department of Corrections died by suicide last year. During Suicide Awareness month, AFSCME is sharing a message of hope and concern.

Jul 29, 2020
Illinois expands vote by mail

Safe voting options increased during ongoing pandemic when Gov. JB Pritzker signed a law expanding the state’s vote-by-mail program for the general election in November.

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