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Jul 11, 2019
New! On the Job: Michael Delgado at Winnebago County Jail

“My two biggest hopes are that when they get out, the inmates don’t come back. And that all our officers go home safe at the end of the day.”

Jul 10, 2019
New! 2019 Larry Marquardt College Scholarship winners

The annual scholarship honoring the first executive director of Council 31 was awarded to Olivia Streeter and Victoria Revolinski. Congratulations to all our 2019 applicants, and good luck!

Jul 10, 2019
New! “What AFSCME has meant to our family”

Diego Andrade-Cabrera, son of AFSCME Local 2854 member Doris Andrade and recipient of a 2019 AFSCME Family Scholarship, describes how his mother's union job changed their lives for the better.

Jul 08, 2019
New! IPI keeps up assault on union members

A year after the Supreme Court ruling eliminating union fair-share fees, things haven’t turned out as Janus, Rauner or the IPI had planned. Instead, public employee unions have continued to grow all across the country.

Jul 08, 2019
New! AFSCME Strong in Joliet

AFSCME Local 440 members are committed to being 100% Union through member engagement, communication and unity.

Jun 26, 2019
New! Fulton County sheriff's deputy killed in line of duty

"This tragic incident is a painful reminder of the risks that so many public servants face as they serve their communities every day," Council 31 Executive Director Roberta Lynch said.

Jun 19, 2019
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 27, 2019
Pritzker signs law increasing death benefits for families of first responders

A day after AFSCME Local 3433 member Troy Chisum was killed in the line of duty, Illinois doubles death benefits for law enforcement personnel killed in the line of duty.

Jun 22, 2019
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 27, 2019
AFSCME Free College: A Great Opportunity

Union members and their families can earn an Associate Degree with no out-of-pocket costs through a partnership between AFSCME and Eastern Gateway Community College.

Jun 18, 2019
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
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
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
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 05, 2019
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
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
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
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.”

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