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EIU AFSCME Local 981

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I join?

You may sign a membership card any time after your first day of employment.  We offer the option of signing a card at all membership meetings and events.  You can also contact an officer for a card.

How much are dues?

Member dues are currently $24.93 per pay period (2019).  Dues are automatically deducted from your paycheck.

What happens to my dues?

Your dues pay for a wide range of resources, staff, services, and supplies that all exist for one reason: to help members improve their pay, benefits and working conditions.  A portion of your dues goes to Local 981, as well as Illinois Council 31 and AFSCME International.

Am I still represented if I do not join?

Yes, you will still receive the same representation and wages as full members.

What are the advantages of becoming a member?

As a full member, you can attend monthly membership meetings, participate in officer elections, and vote on important issues, such as contract ratifications, program sponsorships, etc.  After one year of membership, you may run for local office.  And most importantly, we are stronger together!

What is a union steward?

The primary role of a union steward is to communicate with you and your co-workers.  Stewards make themselves available to answer questions and assist employees with union issues in the workplace. Each chapter (BSW, Clerical/Technical, Food Service) has a steward assigned to it.

How do I locate my union steward?

A list of current stewards is posted on our bulletin board in Old Main and can also be found on the Board Members page.

When are meetings held?

General membership meetings are held the first Thursday of the month at 9:30am and 1:00pm.  Meeting dates are subject to change.

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