Bulletin Board

Items from the Members Meeting April 19 and after:

• President Diane Stokes

• Reminded members that On the Move is the Council 31 newspaper that goes out six times a year to every AFSCME member and retiree chapter member in the state of Illinois. The current issue includes several articles of interest to members of our subchapter. You can view past issues by clicking here.

• Maria Britton-Sipe, retiree coordinator for AFSCME Illinois Retiree Chapter 31:

• Reported on a number of legislative issues, including:

• Urged members to contact their state senators in support of SB1912 (amends the Juvenile Court Act of 1987)
• Urged members to contact their state representative in support of HB3957 (amends the Illinois Income Tax Act


Items from the Members Meeting March 15 and after:

• On March 22 members of subchapter 161 joined Starbucks employees at 519 Main Street, Evanston, in support of their efforts to unionize.

• President Diane Stokes reported on People meeting


Items from the Members Meeting February 15 and after:

• Fran Tobin, Alliance for CommunityServices

Town Hall on the call for an elected Board of Trustees at Chicago City Colleges
March 26, 4pm Click on this link to register


• Samantha McClain, from the Workers’ Rights Campaign
Click here to view a presentation on the Workers’ Rights Amendment.
Click here for information on mobilizing to get the Workers’ Rights referendum on the ballot.


• Dave Rolston, Subchapter 161 Vice-president

Invited members to join a “Welcoming & Entertainment Club” within Subchapter161.


Past and/or ongoing causes:

• Supporting the call for an elected board of trustees at Chicago City Colleges (CCC);

• Supporting The Alliance for Community Services in their campaign to “Say No to Privatize Medicare”; Click here for further information.

• Supporting the Illinois Family Caregiver Act;

• Encouraging our members to call the AFSCME hotline at 877-890-2056 to tell their lawmakers to support Governor Pritzker’s plan to protect our pensions;



From Members Meeting, February 16, 2022

Information from Louis Goseland:

ARA ZOOM TRAININGThe Alliance will be hosting a Zoom training Thursday, February 24th at 3CST that will cover the basics, best practices, and tips and tricks for using Zoom. This training is open to all, so please share the invite email going out next week with your members and anyone who is interested. Click here to register in advance for this meeting

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

PRITZKER’S BUDGET & PENSIONS Chicago Sun Times Article on Pritker’s budget and pension proposal 


Click here to view the ARA’s position on a piece of legislation introduced in 2021 to repeal WEP/GPO. Linked here is the latest effort to raise the income cap eligible for Social Security tax. 


Click here to view a one page summary of the family caregiver act that I mentioned. 


Click here to view a presentation on the Workers’ Rights Amendment. Please contact me if you would be interested in arranging for a presentation to educate and mobilize your members on this. 

PRIORITY IL STATE SUPREME COURT RACES: IL Supreme 2: Dekalb, Kane, McHenry, Lake, Kendall

IL Supreme 3: Dupage, Will, LaSalle, Bureau, Grundy, Iroquois, Kankakee

Please contact me if you would like me to arrange a presentation on what is at stake in these two races and what people can do to get involved. 

Information from Diane Stokes:

Click here to view the Video by former Labor Secretary Robert Reich on efforts to unionize Starbuck’s.


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