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 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
New! 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
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.
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."
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