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AFSCME Local 448, a union representing State of Illinois employees and workers in Northwestern Illinois.
AFSCME Local 448 . . . Northwestern Illinois State Employees

AFSCME Local 448 . . . Proudly Representing Over 600 Workers in the Illinois Counties of Boone, Bureau, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago

Our New Collective Bargaining Agreement

Now that the contract is ratified let's take a look at some of the changes that were made with regard to vacations. The text in BLUE is the new language in each section.

ARTICLE X Vacations
Section 5. Vacation Schedules

Subject to Section 6 and the Employer's operating needs, vacations shall be scheduled as requested by the employee in writing. The Employer shall respond to vacation requests within five (5) work days. Where current practice provides for a quicker response, such practice shall continue. Once scheduled vacation is approved it will only be canceled if the Employer's operating needs require that employee's services. The necessity of an overtime assignment shall not be a consideration in the cancellation of approved vacation. Employees selected for promotion shall not have scheduled vacation time cancelled solely due to the promotion. In any event, upon request, vacation time must be scheduled so that it may be taken no later than twenty-four (24) months after the expiration of the calendar year in which such vacation time was earned. If an employee does not
request and take accrued vacation within such twenty-four (24) month period, vacation earned during such calendar year shall be lost. Except that the period of time an employee is on an approved leave of absence pursuant to Article XXIII, Leaves of Absence, shall not count toward the twenty-four-month period.

So what does that mean? This was a huge pick up for us. This means that once you have had a leave request approved either by the annual schedule of vacations by seniority or another request submitted after the seniority based period no longer applies, if you promote to a different position you will not lose the vacation request you were granted.


Previously if you were granted a vacation request in your current position but then accepted promotion, you might not get that request honored in your new position, now you will.


Contract Books

We are still waiting for the new contract books to be printed. Rest assured, that as soon as we know something we will let you all know!

Attention Golfers: AFSCME Golf Outing!

Once again this year we will be participating in the AFSCME Golf Outing to benefit the Autism program at Kreider Services. Those of you who have participated in the past know what a fun outing this is. Our local will be sponsoring up to 10 teams of four players each. To sign your team up please send the names of your team members to Alice Sutherland at ASAP. Slots fill up fast and are on a first-come first-served basis. Last year this event sold out so don’t wait to sign up!


This year's golf outing will be held on Saturday May 11 at Silver Ridge Golf Course (3069 North. Hill Road, Oregon) with a 10 a.m. shotgun start. Registration starts at 9 a.m.


If you want to golf but don't have a team, sign up and we will find you a team!


International Convention 

The AFSCME International Convention will be held this year the week of August 11th through August 17th in Los Angeles, California. Start thinking about if you would like to attend this convention. Elections for Delegates, Alternates, and Guests will be at an in-person membership meeting which will be held either May 2, 2024 or June 6, 2024 depending on when we get the convention call.

Those elected to represent our local will be paid 37.5 hours lost wages for Monday through Friday provided you attend all convention sessions and required workshops.

Transportation and hotel expenses will be covered by the local and members will be paid per diem for each day of travel.

Keep your eyes peeled for more information in the upcoming months.

Want To Receive Text and Email Updates?

In an effort to keep everyone up to date on what is going on, we are trying to gather personal email addresses and cell phone numbers so that this can be used as a method of contact when important things come up and we need to get the word out fast. If you would like to receive email and text updates, please send your PERSONAL email address and cell phone information to Alice Sutherland at You can also do this by going to and entering your email address in the “Sign UP for Email” space, then completing the information asked for.

Welcome To Our AFSCME 448 Website!

It is a pleasure to present our AFSCME 448 website to our members! The website launched publicly on December 6, 2019, and the primary purpose of the website is to communicate noteworthy news, events and information to our 600+ local 448 members. Like any well-planned and useful website, our website will never be “completed” or “finished”; we will make regular updates to it as new information and needs dictate.


I invite you to tour and experience the website, from page to page, to learn what we are sharing and communicating, and to also solicit from you what information our website lacks and needs. We look very forward to your review of the website, and any “wish list” items going forward. Email your comments to us at, or by using this website's contact form. Also, while you are visiting the site, please be sure to sign up for emailed news alerts from us. Sign up takes just a moment, and it lets us build a database of local 448 members’ email addresses so that we can, as needs arise, email important and timely news and information to our membership.

Help Is Just A Call Away!

We wanted to take a moment to remind you that if you are experiencing excessive stress, depression or anxiety, help is available through the AFSCME Personal Support Program. It's now even easier to access the help you need as PSP services are available via Telehealth. You can call 1-800-647-8776 for assistance.


Meet Our Members

As you know, our Local represents employees in many State agencies throughout Northern Illinois. We would like to get to know each and every one of you better. So, if you would like to help us do that, answer the following questions and we will feature a different employee in each newsletter and here on the website. Email your submissions to Alice Sutherland at

1. Tell us about your job, and let us know the agency you work for.

2. How does your job provide a valuable public service?

3. What's your inspiration to go to work every day?

4. How does your union improve your work?

5. How has your union job impacted your family?


Submit Your Photos!

Do you have any photos from your union workplace, union meetings and gatherings or other union-related events that can help tell a story about Local 448? If so, we'd like you to submit them to for our review and possible use here on this website, and/or other AFSCME-related materials. When submitting images, please submit images in .jpg format and images should not exceed 2MB in file size. Also, please provide some brief information/caption regarding each submitted image. Thank you!

Membership meetings are

held at least quarterly and generally on the first Thursday of the month. Food will be served (when allowed) beginning at 5:30 pm with

the meeting beginning promptly at 6:30 pm.

The next Membership Meeting Date is yet to be determined


If you want to participate in the meeting please send an email to Alice Sutherland at 

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Now It's Even Easier To Join AFSCME!


We are stronger together. Employees can now join our union online. If you or a co-worker haven't yet signed an AFSCME membership card, click the button below to sign up today!

Bad Addresses


If you move, don't forget to let your steward know your new address or send an email to Alice Sutherland. Each month, we get several newsletters back because members have moved and we don't have an updated address. If you know of someone who has moved, make sure to reach out to them and let them know they need to update their address with us. We want everyone to stay informed.

Your Right To

Union Representation:


"If this discussion could in any way lead to my being disciplined or terminated or have any effect on

my personal working conditions, I respectfully request my union representative, officer or steward to be present at this meeting. Without union representation, I choose not to participate in this discussion."

AFSCME Local 448 Union representing State of Illinois employees in Northwestern Illinois | Council 31 |  AFL-CIO
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