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

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




Effective October 30, 2020 at 5:00 p.m., the Upward Mobility Program Online Registration System will be suspended until further notice. 

UMP staff are working diligently to counsel the over 4,000 employees who have registered during the last enrollment period. The Online Registration System will re-open upon the completion of this counseling cycle. You will receive notice when the suspension of the Online Registration System is lifted.


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Important Information for

AFSCME Members in State Government

UPDATED May 23, 2020

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 6th, 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.

Vote In This Upcoming Election!

It is important for everyone to vote in this election. We as AFSCME are supporting Joe Biden as President and Kamala Harris as Vice President of the United States.


Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s platform includes raising federal minimum wage to $15 an hour; paid family and sick leave; against for-profit charter schools, two years of college be free; expand or fix existing debt-relief programs; boost teachers pay; campaign finance-unlimited spending should not be allowed in politics; support developing new nuclear technologies as part of an effort to fight climate change; end new oil and gas leases on federal land and end off-shore drilling; tax carbon emissions; support a voluntary buyback program on assault weapons; in favor of universal background checks on guns; build on ACA/coverage expansion; linking drug costs to overseas prices; citizenship for Dreamers/DACA; pay for infrastructure through changing taxes on corporation and the wealthy; boost the defense budget; increase the capital gains tax rate; raise corporate taxes, but keep rates lower than before 2017; increase existing taxes on upper-income Americans and dedicating open-ended federal funding to support rural broadband.​

New COVID-19 Leave Requirements for FFCRA-Covered Employees and New Alternative Benefit  Plan for Excluded State Employees

– May 23, 2020 – Click here to view/download/print PDF file.

Help Is Just A Call Away!

The coronavirus pandemic has created a range of new problems and challenges for all of us — and many are finding it hard to cope with such rapid and wide-ranging changes. We wanted to take a moment to remind you that if these trying times are creating 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!


Group Health

Insurance Changes

With July 1st marking the beginning of the new insurance plan year, we want to remind you of the changes in your health insurance under the terms of our current AFSCME collective bargaining agreement.


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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!

Fair Tax Is A Fair Fix For Budget Woes

It is extremely important that you as a state employee vote yes on the fair tax. Your job depends on it. Services in Illinois depend on it and your retirement depends on it. There will be unprecedented layoffs and those millionaires and billionaires will go after our pensions. Don’t believe for one minute this couldn’t happen. Unless you individually make over $250,000 a year your taxes WILL NOT GO UP!!! This is a fair tax to make those who can afford to pay higher taxes to do so. Talk with your friends, your family and acquaintances and educate them on how important this amendment to our constitution is to the State of Illinois. And NO this will not tax your retirement. Illinois Policy is putting out untruths and lies as they are supported by billionaire Ken Griffin and his billionaire and millionaire friends. He doesn’t want to pay his fair share, he wants you to do it for him. This alone will generate $3 billion dollars a year. Vote for what’s in you and your family’s best interest. VOTE YES FOR THE FAIR TAX!!!

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AFSCME Local 448

401 Devonshire Street

DIxon, IL 61021

815-677-3699  |  |

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