Waukegan Public Library Workers Win Stronger Rights in First Contract

Working under a new library administration in early 2020, staff at the Waukegan Public Library (WPL) in Chicago’s northern suburbs had cause for alarm. Among other things, the number of staff shrank from 70 to just 35 in the span of a year. Believing they had lost their voice under the new administration, WPL workers began organizing. Their union was officially certified with AFSCME Council 31 in December 2021. They began bargaining for their first contract in spring 2022. The contract was ratified in May of this year. Their first contract guarantees WPL workers a strong voice on the job and fair wages that reflect how valued they are in their community. The union represents 38 library clerks, specialists, assistants, associates, coordinators, and librarians. Read more