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Jun 22, 2019
New! State employees ratify new union contract

The new contract comes after months of negotiations between AFSCME and the Pritzker administration—and nearly four years of conflict with former governor Bruce Rauner, who walked out on contract talks in January 2016.

Jun 19, 2019
New! Why is the Illinois Policy Institute pushing union members to drop out?

Together union members have improved and protected pensions, expanded rights on the job, made workplaces safer, blocked privatization, and so much more. It’s precisely those gains the IPI wants to undermine.

Jun 18, 2019
New! On the Job: Dorothy Smith at Maryville Academy

"It makes me happy that I’m able to make a difference in people’s lives, especially when it comes to the children. I dedicate my all to what I do every day. I’m determined to have a positive impact with care and words of encouragement."

Jun 14, 2019
New! Back pay for steps to get underway

AFSCME never quit battling for justice since ousted governor Bruce Rauner illegally froze employee step increases on July 1, 2015. Finally, state of Illinois employees are back in step and will get their back wages by the end of this September.

Jun 18, 2019
New! PSP: Help when you need it

AFSCME Council 31’s Personal Support Program (PSP) has helped tens of thousands of AFSCME members and their dependents thrive since it was created in 1992.

Jun 18, 2019
New! Making AFSCME Strong a priority

“Our strength is in numbers and in unity”—AFSCME Local 29 members at the Shapiro Developmental Center in Kankakee are proud to be AFSCME Strong.

Jun 11, 2019
New! State contract ratification vote starts June 12

Ratification meetings begin June 12 and continue through June 21 in AFSCME local unions across the state. Complete details of the tentative agreement will be distributed and reviewed at every ratification meeting before voting.

Jun 05, 2019
New! Budget includes good news for disability, youth care agencies

In an extraordinarily challenging time, AFSCME members succeeded in sharing their story and fighting for continued progress for the adults and youth they serve every day.

May 31, 2019
New! Gov. Pritzker, AFSCME announce tentative agreement on new state contract

Early this morning, Governor JB Pritzker’s administration and AFSCME Council 31 reached a tentative agreement on a new contract. Terms will be released after union members have the opportunity to review and vote on the tentative agreement.

May 30, 2019
New! Community hearing on public mental health service expansion

City of Chicago employees and residents will join Alderman Sophia King and the newly formed mental health task force at a community hearing on June 13 to discuss ways to improve the city’s public mental health system.

May 28, 2019
New! Fair tax passes General Assembly, goes to ballot

Voters will have the chance to replace the state's unfair, inadequate tax structure with one that raises revenue by taxing the rich.

May 17, 2019
AFSCME Local 805 member Erin Conley takes seat on Springfield City Council

"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
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
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
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.

Apr 30, 2019
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
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.

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
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
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.

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