AFSCME's Struggle for a Municipal Contract

121 N la Salle St
Chicago, IL 60602, US

Category: Unions

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Video of Steve Cullen Describing AFSCME's Struggle for a Municipal Contract
Steve Cullen, labor activist and member of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), remembers this spot -- the office of the mayor of Chicago -- as the central location in AFSCME's many battles to persuade the city to support a state law giving public workers the right to bargain collectively. His description of AFSCME's struggle with the municipal government also sheds light on the history of the 1980 Firefighters Strike In addition, click here to watch a video of Ray Harris, AFSCME lobbyist and director of intergovernmental affairs, describe the union's fight for the right to collective bargaining. Harris explains that AFSCME supported mayoral candidate Harold Washington largely because Washington promised to push for collective bargaining for public workers. Harris also discusses AFSCME's diverse membership, and its role in the Civil Rights Movement.