2021 Contract Negotiation Team Elections

According to our Constitution, there are 9 (nine) areas on campus and 3 (three) areas off campus. Use the maps and list below to determine which area you work in and are eligible to represent.

Nominations are being accepted now through January 12th, 2021 and the election (if needed) will be held on January 19th 2021.

Area 1: North of Springfield, except East of Goodwin, then North of Stoughton

Area 2: North of Green, except East of Goodwin, then North of Illinois, except East of Gregory, then North of Oregon, and South of Area 1.

Area 3: West of Wright. South of Green, and North of Armory.

Area 4: South of Green, East of Wright, West of Mathews, and North of Armory extended, except for Gregory Hall.

Area 5: East of Mathews. South of Area 2, and North of the bike path that extends from Armory to Lincoln.

Area 6: South of Armory extended, except including Gregory Hall, East of Fourth St, except not the block that includes the Armory and Harding Band Building, North of Pennsylvania, and West Mathews extended (North of Gregory) and West of a line through the center of the South Quad (but including the Stock Pavilion}.

Area 7: South of Area 5, East of Area 6, and North of Pennsylvania.

Area 8: South of Armory, East of Fourth, except including the block that includes the Armory and Harding Band Building, and except South of Kirby then East of Wright, and North of St. Mary’s.

Area 9: South of Pennsylvania, except excluding the area South of Kirby and North of St. Mary’s and West of Wright. and South of Area 8, including all off-campus buildings in the metro area South of St. Mary’s such as Illini Plaza & Willard Airport.

Area 10: All buildings contained within the counties of the Extension Region 1.

Area 11: All buildings contained within the counties of the Extension Region 2.

Area 12: All buildings (except those within Areas 1-9) contained within the counties of the Extension Region 3. This includes Extension offices in Champaign County.

Workers chose to stick with their union


AFSCME Posts Strong Membership Numbers in New Filing with Department of Labor

Contact: Omar Tewfik
Email: otewfik@afscme.org

‘Workers chose to stick with their union’: AFSCME Posts Strong Membership Numbers in New Filing with Department of Labor

Gain of 9,000 new working members and 19,000 retirees, despite Janus v. AFSCME decision and right-wing efforts to ‘defund and defang’ public service unions and urging members to quit

Overall, union retained 94 percent of all represented workers, defying expectations over Supreme Court decision fallout

Threats remain; AFSCME focused on organizing, 2020 and continued wins in the courts

WASHINGTON — The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) submitted its annual LM-2 filing with the Department of Labor, which requires all unions to report the number of members and agency fee payers they represent. AFSCME’s filing shows a gain of 9,097 dues-paying members and 18,638 dues-paying retirees over the union’s report last year, suggesting that efforts by the billionaires and corporations behind the Janus v. AFSCME case and the anti-worker majority of the United States Supreme Court to “defund and defang” public service unions have fallen flat. 

The report is the first since Janus v. AFSCME, the 5-4 Supreme Court ruling which heldthat requiring fees from public service workers who receive union benefits but choose not to join the union is unconstitutional. In the wake of the decision, the report shows that, overall, the union retained 94 percent of workers it represents, including both dues-paying members and fee payers. According to the report, AFSCME represents 1,329,594 working members, agency fee payers in the private sector and retirees, compared to 1,411,877 reported last year. Though this represents a bottom-line decrease of 6 percent thanks to the Supreme Court’s decision, it crushed union analysts’ expectations, which anticipated a loss upwards of 30 percent.

“In overwhelming numbers, AFSCME members have blunted the attacks of the wealthy special interests and chose to stick with their union. Nurses, school employees, corrections officers, emergency medical technicians and others will not forfeit their seat at their table or let their voices be silenced. They will continue to assert their rights and freedoms,” said Lee Saunders, president of AFSCME.

The union’s AFSCME Strong campaign, launched in 2014, was essential to this success. AFSCME Strong represented a major culture shift, prioritizing one-on-one conversations and member-to-member engagement, modernized communications, a state-of-the art data infrastructure, and political engagement that has seen members advocating for and mobilizing behind candidates who support working families. In all, AFSCME Strong resulted in more than 1 million conversations between AFSCME members about the value of union membership since 2014.

A Growth Agenda and 2020

Since 2016, AFSCME has won 245 organizing campaigns and has ramped up those efforts across the country in both the public and private sectors.

There is also momentum in public and political support for unions and pro-worker solutions to a rigged system in which the richest few continue to take advantage of working people. At 62 percent, unions have reached their highest level of support in 15 years. Meanwhile, lawmakers and presidential candidates are increasingly advocating pro-worker policies, from a living wage to universal health care to student debt.

“Public service workers never quit doing everything possible to keep their communities safe and strong. The best way to do that is to come together in a strong union and negotiate for improvements that benefit everyone – lower nurse-patient ratios, smaller classroom sizes, better equipment for EMTs and higher funding for road repairs,” said Saunders.

The Battle in the Courts

Meanwhile, right-wing groups continue to rely on courts to implement an unpopular anti-worker agenda. But AFSCME and other public service unions continue to rack up victories in these cases:

  • Federal courts in Oregon, Washington, Illinois, Alaska, Ohio and California have rejected corporate interest groups’ bids to require unions to pay back agency fees that were collected and spent in representing the workers prior to the Janus decision. These courts have found that the unions acted in good faith and in accordance with controlling law at the time. In fact, the Illinois district court ruled that Mark Janus, the plaintiff in Janus v. AFSCME, is entitled to no damages. Any other result, these courts have noted, would promote lawlessness and erode the judiciary’s standing in the eyes of the public.
  • In two separate cases this month, judges preliminarily halted two Missouri laws, one that would eliminate merit system protections and collective bargaining over job protections for state employees and another that would hamstring all Missouri public service workers’ rights to collectively bargain. Both judges held that the respective laws violated Missourians’ fundamental right to collectively bargain, a right enshrined in the state constitution.
  • In February, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in Mentele v. SEIU Local 925, rejected the Freedom Foundation’s and National Right to Work Foundation’s attempts to eliminate exclusive representation in labor relations, a bedrock principle of American labor relations.

“The Janus case taught us two things: first, the anti-worker Supreme Court majority cares more about rigging the system in favor of corporate interests than about facts and precedent,” said Saunders. “Second, public service workers are resilient and see the value of union membership. We will not let five justices determine the future of our union. We will fight any attempt to break our bonds of solidarity. We will continue to build power together to lift up our families and our communities.”

AFSCME members provide the vital services that make America happen. With members in communities across the nation, serving in hundreds of different occupations — from nurses to corrections officers, child care providers to sanitation workers — AFSCME advocates for fairness in the workplace, excellence in public services and freedom and opportunity for all working families.


American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO 
1625 L Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20036-5687 
Telephone: 202-429-1145 
Fax: 202-429-1120

Office Support and Clerk Lines Merging

As some of you may have already heard, the Office Support and Clerk lines are merging; this change is effective May 1, 2019.

We know folks will have a lot of questions about the merger so we’ve put together a FAQ. There’s a lot of information below but if you have a question we didn’t cover, feel free to email us.

  1. Q: Is my job going to change?
    A: No. Your present job duties will not change.
  2. Q: What will my title be after the lines are merged?
    A: All titles will change to the Office Support line. If your title is changing, you will receive an email notification of the change in title (CIT) on May 1.

    • Clerical Assistant = Office Support Assistant
    • Clerk = Office Support Associate
    • Chief Clerk = Office Support Specialist
    • Staff Clerk = Office Manager
  3. Q: What will happen with current job audits?
    A: No audits for Clerk or Office Support lines will be conducted between April 8th and May 3rd.
    Audits currently in progress must be completed before April 5th.
  4. Q: What happens to my place on the register?
    A: The current registers will be voided effective April 30th. This means that you must re-test to have a score on the register.
    State University Civil Service System (SUCSS) requires a 30 day voiding notice. Applicants on the Clerk and Office Support series registers should have received a notice on March 14.
  5. Q: What will happen to my place on the transfer list?
    A: The transfer list for the Clerk and Office Support lines will be cleared. Employees on the transfer list in these lines will be notified via email on April 1.
  6. Q: What are the tests going to be like?
    A: We are waiting for more information but assume that the tests will be updated and contain questions that combine aspects reflecting the combined titles.
  7. Q: What will the testing process be?
    A: Exam requests for the new Office Support series will be accepted beginning April 22. Testing will be scheduled after May 1. Office Support Assistant, Associate, Specialist, and Manager will return to “open and continuous” postings on April 22.
  8. Q: Will my seniority change?
    A: It’s possible that some slight shifts in seniority as the lines merge but the changes are expected to be minor.

Solidarity with the Champaign Federation of Teachers

As you probably know, due to the actions of the Champaign Unit 4 School Board and Administration, it is quite likely that our sisters and brothers of the Champaign Federation of Teachers will be forced to strike to get a fair contract. You can review the current offers from either side if you click here. The strike date is currently set for Monday, November 26, just one week away.
I realize that we are entering a holiday week, but I am asking you all to do what you can to help our comrades prepare or to help them ward off the need for a strike.

1) Please reach out to the Champaign School Board, and urge them to reach agreement with the teachers. The members of the School Board are:
Chris Kloeppel* (Board President)
Amy Armstrong* (Vice President)
Kathy Shannon*
Kathy Richards*
Heather Vazquez
Gianina Baker
Bruce Brown
*up for re-election in spring, 2019
Contact information for them is at: https://www.champaignschools.org/pages/board/members

2) Here is a link to a gofundme campaign to support the teachers while they are on strike:

3) Here is a link to a gofundme campaign to support the students who rely on school programs for 1-2 of their meals each day:

If you or your local is looking for additional ways to support the Teachers, please contact Jon Nadler at jnadler@ift-aft.org.



In the words of one of the most popular picket line chants: WE’RE FIRED UP! WON’T TAKE IT NO MORE!

The University Administration wants to make it difficult for you to get a raise. If you work with children or the community, they want your wages to stay at poverty levels. They want to go back to the popularity contest that used to determine our raises.
We’ve told the Administration NO to all of these unjust proposals But the dozen or so members on the bargaining committee have been saying NO for almost a year and it’s time we brought in some new voices; if the University isn’t hearing what our committee has been saying, we need to amplify our message!

On Monday, May 7, 12:30pm – 1:00pm, JOIN US at the Illinois Fire Service Institute, 11 Gerty Dr, to “welcome” the Administration’s Bargaining Committee and to let them know that we won’t accept their insulting proposals and that we DEMAND a FAIR CONTRACT!

Reply to this email and let our Bargaining Committee know that you will stand with them on Monday the 7th.
If you are in the Extension or work off campus- wear green in support of AFSCME and post your selfies to our Facebook page!