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Jun 03, 2020
New! Their Job: Stopping the spread of the virus

AFSCME members at the Illinois Department of Public Health in Chicago, Springfield and Carbondale are on the front lines in the battle against the coronavirus, helping save as many lives as possible.

Jun 03, 2020
New! AFSCME interviews Cedric Alexander

Cedric Alexander Psy. D. is a law enforcement expert with over 40 years of experience in public service. He is the author of In Defense of Public Service: How 22 Million Government Workers Will Save Our Republic.

Jun 01, 2020
Change must come

AFSCME joins in mourning the unconscionable death of George Floyd and in demanding justice for his family and an end to the contagion of racism that continues to beset our country.

May 27, 2020
New! On the Job: David Bustamante

Jackson County Ambulance Service, Local 2464

May 27, 2020
New! On the Job: Vonnie Moore

City of Evanston Department of Streets and Sanitation, Local 1891

May 22, 2020
New! Session brings good news: budget, legislative gains

Gov. JB Pritzker expected to sign FY21 budget that will positively impact tens of thousands of AFSCME members.

May 19, 2020
New! Solidarity helps spirits amid tragedy

After the tragic death of four AFSCME members at Ludeman Developmental Center, Local 29 members at Shapiro DC express their support and solidarity with the “Ludeman Heroes” who continue to care for the center’s residents.

May 18, 2020
New! Making a difference

AFSCME Local 46 members at East Moline Correctional Center is making a positive difference in the local community during the coronavirus pandemic by donating directly to area food banks and pantries.

May 14, 2020
New! Coronavirus raises stakes for Fair Tax

The Fair Tax has always been about creating a tax system that works for all Illinoisans and putting our state on the path to fiscal sustainability, and it’s clear that is needed more than ever in the wake of this pandemic.

May 14, 2020
New! One CEO’s pension: $274,000 a month for life

Every time we turn around, some politician or pundit is launching an attack on the modest pensions of public employees. But anti-pension pols go strangely silent when their big business pals go out the door with exorbitant pensions.

May 13, 2020
New! Public sector workers continue to be the backbone of our state, city

“Public service workers deserve our thanks for their work during this crisis.” —Bob Reiter, Chicago Federation of Labor president

May 05, 2020
Action! Fund the front lines

Frontline public service workers—like tens of thousands of AFSCME members across Illinois—are putting their lives at risk to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Tell Congress to do its part to fund the front lines.

Apr 21, 2020
Library workers rise to challenge of COVID-19

April 21 is National Library Workers Day. Library workers are facing unprecedented circumstances due to the coronavirus pandemic and AFSCME members at Illinois libraries are rising to the challenge.

Apr 16, 2020
Menard Correctional Center makes vitally needed PPE

When the coronavirus hit Illinois, Menard Correctional Center was poised to help. Participants in the prison's industries program are helping produce thousands of masks for state use during the crisis.

Apr 15, 2020
Virus crisis hits Illinois budget

Driving costs up and revenues down, COVID-19 has blown a huge hole in state spending plans, raising the threat of cuts and layoffs. Congress must approve federal help for states ASAP.

Apr 14, 2020
Victory north of the border!

The good people of Wisconsin made some important history last week by electing pro-labor justice Jill Karofsky to the state’s Supreme Court.

Apr 07, 2020
Sewing for safety

When the COVID-19 crisis hit, the shortage of personal protective equipment like face masks became quickly apparent. AFSCME Local 401 member Stacy Mickelson knew she could help.

Apr 06, 2020
COVID-19 Relief for Student Loan Borrowers

The newly-enacted CARES Act requires the Education Secretary to defer student loan payments, principal and interest for six months without penalty to the borrower—and provides other forms of assistance during the coronavirus pandemic.

Apr 03, 2020
AFSCME urges Families First coverage for all employees

AFSCME members are working hard during the public health emergency posed by the coronavirus, often on the front lines where they are at greater risk for exposure to COVID-19.

Mar 30, 2020
Child care needs during COVID-19 crisis

Many public service workers need help in caring for their children at this critical time—here are resources and additional information.

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