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Meet the 2019 Winner of the Gerald W. McEntee Scholarship

This year’s winner of the Gerald W. McEntee Scholarship juggles a full-time job, graduate studies and union activism.

Jay Hutchison |

New Era in Illinois: State Workers Secure Fair Contract

In an unmistakable sign that a new era has dawned in Illinois, state workers have secured a fair, new contract from Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration.

AFSCME Council 31 |

Council 31 Members Make Gains in the Fight for Workplace Safety

AFSCME Council 31 members who work for Illinois’ Department of Corrections and Department of Juvenile Justice successfully used their union contract.

AFSCME Council 31 |

Illinois State Workers On Proper Step After Illegal Freeze

State workers in Illinois are getting step increases they were denied under former Gov. Bruce Rauner, thanks to the current governor, J.B. Pritzker.

AFSCME Council 31 |

Solidarity prevails in Rockford privatization fight

When members of AFSCME Local 1275 (Council 31) stood as one and said no to outsourcing, their employer – Rockford, Illinois, Public Schools – backed down.

AFSCME Council 31 |

In the Wake of the Janus Ruling, We're Sticking With Our Union

The billionaires and corporations that brought Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 to the Supreme Court expected a flood of workers to leave their unions. Instead, what’s happening is just the opposite.

AFSCME Staff |

AFSCME Supports Bill Curbing Workplace Violence

The bill would help protect hospital, psychiatric, behavioral health care, EMS workers and others by requiring the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) to issue a federal worker-protection standard.

Pete Levine |

Victory over Rauner in Illinois Was Proof of AFSCME’s Strength

Gov. Bruce Rauner was not a friend of working people. So working people worked hard to make sure he was denied a second term.

Pablo Ros |

Fierce Unity and Determination Mark Contract Win for Southern Illinois County Workers

Members of AFSCME Local 2464 (Council 31), county workers from Southern Illinois’ Jackson County, won a new union contract with fair pay and affordable health care.

Nell McNamara, AFSCME Council 31 |

Mark Janus Quits Public Service Job to Serve Big-Money Special Interests

He announced he is quitting his state job as a child support specialist to join the Illinois Policy Institute as a “senior fellow.”

Pablo Ros |
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‘A Form of Identity Theft’

When a corporate front group misused an AFSCME Council 31 member’s photo, she called the group out on it.

AFSCME Council 31 |

New Member Explains Why She Joined Her Union After the Janus Ruling

A must-read column from a new member of AFSCME Council 31 who explains why she converted from being a fee payer to a full union member – after the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Janus v. AFSCME.

Erika Holst, AFSCME Council 31 |

Don’t Believe the Lies, AFSCME Remains Strong

The corporate interests who brought you the Janus ruling are launching their next phase.

AFSCME Staff |

Supreme Court Sides with Billionaires Over Working People

The U.S. Supreme Court today sided with powerful CEOs, billionaires and corporate special interests against public service workers and everyday working people by issuing an adverse ruling in Janus v. AFSCME.

AFSCME Staff |

‘We Wouldn’t Have Anything If It Weren’t for Our Union’

Only by joining together in a union can public service workers stand up to those who want to take away their fair pay and benefits and wreck their retirement and health care security.

Pablo Ros |

How the Plaintiff in Janus v. AFSCME Benefits from His Union

Mark Janus, the plaintiff in the Janus v. AFSCME case, benefits from his union. So what convinced Mr. Janus to join this destructive lawsuit?

Donnie Killen |

UCAN Workers Win a Union

These workers in Chicago joined together to form a union with AFSCME Council 31.

AFSCME Council 31 |

Illinois Supreme Court Rejects Rauner Appeal on Steps

Illinois Supreme Court rejects the governor’s appeal of a case AFSCME won at a lower court requiring the payment of step increases.

AFSCME Council 31 |

Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court case threatens worker freedom and safety

The Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 Supreme Court case threatens worker freedom and safety. Just ask Council 31 member Randy Clover.

Randy Clover, Council 31 |

We Mourn the Passing of Sister Pamela Knight

We mourn the loss of Sister Pamela Knight, a child protection investigator for the state of Illinois. The Council 31 member died after being attacked while doing her job.

AFSCME Staff |