“The union will allow counselors and administration to work together to improve overall working conditions,” counselor Loren Sargent said. “The union will improve staff conditions, which will ultimately improve student conditions as well.”
“In the face of a pandemic, massive economic upheaval, and renewed calls for racial justice, it’s more important than ever that Illinoisans can hold accountable a truly representative and transparent government—and that means ensuring all eligible residents can wield their right to vote in a way that doesn’t risk their personal health.” —Gov. JB Pritzker
The Illinois Department of Public Health, local health departments and public health partners throughout Illinois are working together with federal agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency. AFSCME members at IDPH in Chicago, Springfield and Carbondale are on the front lines in the battle against the virus, helping save as many lives as possible.

Illinois’ primary Election Day is March 17. To make your voice heard, be sure you are registered to vote—and be sure to vote! Here’s everything you need to know.

Steward’s investigation finds contract violation and AFSCME Council 31 member wins decisive victory in arbitration.
AFSCME Local 3692 member Bill Jones completed his associate degree at age 57—completely free with the AFSCME Free College benefit.
Using interest-based negotiations for the first time, AFSCME Local 1960 at the City of Champaign settled a three-year contract in less than three months.
“We’re all here to serve these kids and that’s our job. This is a community and we are all an important part of it.”
Employees at Homewood Public Library certified their union with AFSCME three years ago. Now, after two years of picketing, leafleting, marching and testifying for a fair contract, these new AFSCME members finally have a first contract.