Unions already present at the UI, elsewhere

Unions already present at the UI, elsewhere

If it's successful in organizing, a faculty union would join about a dozen other unions on the University of Illinois' Urbana-Champaign campus.

Here's a list of current unions at the UI:

American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 698 (includes employees such as library technicians, shopkeepers, mechanics, nurses and others).

AFSCME Local 3700 (clericals).

Fraternal Order of Police, Labor Council Local 126 and FOP Corporals and Sergeants.

Graduate Employees' Organization (graduate teaching assistants and research assistants).

Graphic Communications International Union, Local 568M.

International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees & Moving Picture Machine Operators Local 482.

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 1000.

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Locals 51 and 601.

International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Chauffeurs, Warehousemen, and Helpers Union Local 26.

International Union of Operating Engineers Locals 399 and 841 (housing inspectors, power plant workers, service/maintenance, operating engineers).

Laborers International Union of North America Local 703.

Service Employees International Union Local 73 (dining and food service workers and building service workers).

Visiting Academic Professionals (employees who work on year-to-year appointments in areas such as counseling, information technology, research and more).

On other campuses

In the U.S., about 368,473 college and university faculty are represented by collective bargaining units; the majority are at public institutions, and about 43 percent are at four-year institutions. The majority of unionized faculty can be found in three states: California, New York and New Jersey. Illinois ranks fourth, with about 20,062 unionized faculty, or 5.4 percent of the total.

A sampling of public universities with faculty unions:


Stony Brook





A sampling of unionized faculty at Illinois colleges and universities:

Eastern Illinois

Northeastern Illinois


Southern Illinois-Carbondale

Western Illinois


Information from the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions at Hunter College, City University of New York.