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.
Member dues are currently $24.93 per pay period (2019). Dues are automatically deducted from your paycheck.
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.
Yes, you will still receive the same representation and wages as full members.
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!
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.
A list of current stewards is posted on our bulletin board in Old Main and can also be found on the Board Members page.
General membership meetings are held the first Thursday of the month at 9:30am and 1:00pm. Meeting dates are subject to change.