About & FAQ


A Union is a group of workers who have joined together to achieve better and more just wages and working conditions.
AFSCME 3700 is one of the two AFSCME Locals representing employees at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
We were founded in 1991 when a group of secretarial workers, who were sick and tired of seeing raises go only to those people management was friendly with, got together and took a stand!

Those pioneers knew that union representation would give them the power to negotiate with the University. With their very first contract they won wage parity with State of Illinois workers and a wage step system that rewarded their years of service!

Since then, the Local has grown to include more than just the clerical/administrative line. We have added workers from the Child Development Labs, Police Telecommunicators, the Cooperative Extension, and more. We are proud to cover University of Illinois employees in every county in Illinois; from Alexander to Winnebago.
Council 31 is the AFSCME organization covering the entire state of Illinois. Just as the university is part of the state, Local 3700 is part of Council 31. Over the last 15 years, Council 31 has grown to 100,000 active and retired members and expanded its presence in the political and legislative arena. AFSCME is now a leading voice for working families in the state of Illinois.

For more information, visit afscme31.org.
AFSCME stands for: American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees.

AFSCME is the nation’s largest and fastest growing public services employees union with more than 1.6 million working and retired members. AFSCME’s members provide the vital services that make America happen. We are nurses, corrections officers, child care providers, EMTs, sanitation workers and more. With members in hundreds of different occupations, AFSCME advocates for fairness in the workplace, excellence in public services and prosperity and opportunity for all working families.

AFSCME is one of the nation’s most powerful advocates for working families. AFSCME negotiates strong contracts, wins wage increases, protects jobs, settles grievances, stops privatization, and fights for health, retirement and other benefits for members from every field of public service.

For more information, visit afscme.org.
Member Action is the only way we win at the bargaining table! If we want to keep what we have and have a chance of winning future wage increases and better working conditions, we need your membership. Only members can vote on our contract, become stewards, and attend most of our local meetings.
We are a democratic, member-run union and the executive board relies on your input to guide us.

As AFSCME members, we have the power to make a difference. By joining together, AFSCME members have strength at the bargaining table, in the halls of government and at the ballot box.
As of 2021, membership dues are $28.79 per pay period which equals about $0.38 an hour/.
Dues are only deducted from the first two pay periods of any month.
In the 1975, the Supreme Court declared that unionized employees have the right to have a steward present during an investigatory meeting with management when the employee believes the meeting might lead to disciplinary action being taken against them. The text below can be said or presented as printed in a meeting.

If the discussion in this meeting could in any way lead to my being disciplined or terminated or impact on my personal working conditions, I request that my steward, local officer or union representative be present. Without union representation, I choose not to answer any further questions at this time. This is my right under a Supreme Court decision called Weingarten.