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May 17, 2019
New! AFSCME Local 805 member Erin Conley wins Springfield City Council seat

"I can’t put a price tag on what the union has done for me. It has completely changed what I thought my life would be and I will always be grateful."

May 17, 2019
New! Lake County court clerks win first contract

After four long years, employees at the Lake County Circuit Clerk’s Office finally have their first union contract: “We’re really proud of how far we’ve come.”

May 16, 2019
New! Surprise revenue ensures pension payments

Higher than anticipated revenues in April mean Gov. Pritzker will not delay pension payments as previously planned.

May 07, 2019
New! Union prevails in DOC, DJJ class action grievance

AFSCME members in the Department of Corrections and the Department of Juvenile Justice successfully used their union contract to enforce health and safety standards.

May 02, 2019
Action! Illinois Senate passes fair tax

The Illinois Senate voted 40-19 to pass the fair tax constitutional amendment. Call the fair tax legislative hotline at 888-412-6570 to urge your state representative to vote YES for the fair tax.

Apr 30, 2019
New! State employees go to proper step after illegal freeze

AFSCME members never gave up battling for justice since ousted governor Bruce Rauner illegally froze employee step increases in 2015. Finally, thousands of state employees are receiving paychecks reflecting their proper step placement.

Apr 25, 2019
New! Illinois needs fair tax reform

Raising the necessary revenue from those who can afford to pay a little more—while holding the line on taxes for 97 percent of filers—is the fair tax reform that’s long overdue in Illinois.

Apr 12, 2019
New! SERS Trustee Election: Vote Melissa Garman to protect your pension

In the SERS trustee election, your vote is your voice. Vote Melissa Garman to fight for your retirement security!

Mar 07, 2019
AFSCME supports Gov. Pritzker’s fair tax plan

“Raising needed revenue from those who can afford to pay a little more—while cutting taxes for 97 percent of filers—is the fair tax reform that’s long overdue in Illinois," AFSCME Council 31 Executive Director Roberta Lynch said.

Apr 12, 2019
New! On the Job: Tim Lynch at Village of Orland Park

“The union plays a huge role in fighting for fair wages and good benefits for all workers. Without the union, I’d have to work two or three jobs to get by.”

Apr 03, 2019
New! AFSCME-backed candidates prevail in local elections

Candidates who garnered AFSCME backing based on their pledges to stand with working families won in local government elections across the state on April 2. These are the results in contested races where the AFSCME regional PEOPLE committees took action.

Mar 28, 2019
Solidarity prevails in Rockford privatization fight

Rockford public schools bus drivers of AFSCME Local 1275 banded together to oppose District 205’s plan to outsource school bus services to a private, for-profit corporation—and they prevailed.

Feb 28, 2019
AFSCME members re-elected to SERS Board of Trustees

AFSCME Local 805 President David Morris, Local 2081 President Stephen Mittons and Local 1805 member Jeremy “Tad” Hawk were re-elected on Feb. 21.

Apr 12, 2019
U.S. Rep. Chuy Garcia wishes AFSCME members a Happy National Library Workers Day!

"Libraries are a place where you are welcome to sit, learn, think, read and explore any idea."

Apr 12, 2019
U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowski wishes AFSCME members a Happy National Library Workers Day!

"Libraries offer more than books. Libraries support and strengthen the foundation of our democracy—the free exchange of information and ideas for all."

Feb 28, 2019
Fighting outsourcing, Rockford bus drivers testify at school board

Rockford school bus drivers of AFSCME Local 1275 are voicing opposition to the RPS 205 school board’s plan to outsource school bus services to a private, for-profit corporation.

Feb 27, 2019
City of Chicago election results

AFSCME-backed candidates fared well in the first round of voting in the city's municipal election on February 26. The run-off election is April 2.

Feb 13, 2019
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.”

Jan 29, 2019
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.

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

Bill Daley and Willie Wilson have problematic political alliances and downright dangerous positions—both lost their bid to be Chicago's mayor.

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