The Chicago Employment Law Blog

Chicago-Area Labor Unions

In the age-old struggle between labor and management, labor unions provide benefits such as collective bargaining and government lobbying on behalf of workers' interests. They also can provide legal resources for employment disputes. Here is a list of some of the Chicago area's larger unions:

Actor's Equity
Actors' Equity Association is the labor union representing over 40,000 American actors and stage managers working in the professional theatre.

American Federation of Government Employees

AFSCME Council 31 
American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees Council 31

AFTRA - Chicago Local
American Federation of Television and Radio Artists

Amalgamated Transit Union Local 308
ATU Local 308 is one of the largest Rail labor organizations in the ATU, representing over 3,600 multi-classifications.

Asbestos Workers Local 17
Asbestos (Heat and Frost Insulators) Local 17 covers 26 counties in Illinois and three in Northwest Indiana. Its 900 plus members provide insulation at refineries, steel mills, and factories, in commercial buildings, schools, hospitals, and industrial sites.

Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers
International Union

The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers, AFL-CIO. Commonly referred to as the Boilermakers Union, we are a diverse union representing over 100,000 workers throughout the United States and Canada in construction, repair, maintenance, manufacturing, professional emergency medical services, and related industries.

The International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers is a service organization that helps improve BAC members' quality of life--both on and off the job--through access to well-paying jobs and quality benefits, and by building solidarity and support among all BAC members.

Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters

Chicago Building Trades Council

Chicago Federation of Musicians
Representing professionals in the Live Music Business inlcuding he Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Lyric Opera Orchestra, all of the TOP Theatre and Show Musicians, the finest Studio and Commercial Recording Musicians and the very best in Live Musical Entertainment.

Chicago Fire Fighters Local 2
The Chicago Fire Fighters Union, Local 2 is the sole bargaining agent representing the fire fighters and paramedics of the Chicago Fire Department.

Chicago Newspaper Guild

Chicago Plumbers Local 130

Chicago Teachers Union
Chicago Teacher Union Local 1 represents more than 35,100 dedicated K-12 teachers and paraprofessionals working to inspire and educate Chicago public school students.

Chicago Typographical Union Local 16/CWA 14408 
Considered the oldest trade union in Chicago, this labor organization representing printers and editorial employees was organized in June of 1852.

Cook County College Teachers Union
The Cook County College Teachers Union, Local 1600, represents over 3300 members in 21 Chapters in Cook County. They represent faculty members, professional employees, classified employees and retirees within its Local.

CWA Local 4250
Local 4250 represents approximately 400 members working for SBC / Ameritech Operator Services. Its jurisdiction covers Directory Assistance (411) Operators Services that are located in the South Suburbs of Chicago Heights, Harvey and Lansing, Illinois.

Fraternal Order of Police Chicago Lodge 7

IAM District 8
IAM District 8 is Chicagoland's Machinist Union District Lodge that services members in nearly one hundred manufacturing businesses throughout Chicago and the Suburbs.

IAM Local 48 
IAM Local 48 represents over 2,800 machinists' members employed in more than 40 companies and agencies.

IAM Local 49

IAM Local 701
IAM Local 701 is one of the largest mechanics' locals in the United States representing auto and truck mechanics, heavy equipment, excavating and paving, road building, forklifts, high-rise equipment, tank washers, fuelers, trailer body, marine, container and barge line industries.


IATSE Local #2

IBEW Local 9

IBEW Local 21                                                                                               IBEW Local 21 represents electricians in the telecommunications industry.

IBEW Local 134
IBEW Local 134 represents construction electricians and members who work in the hospitality and tourism industry.

IBEW Local 1220
IBEW Local 1220 represents broadcast engineers, technicians, artists, newswriters, stage people and other employees engaged in the radio, television, and production industry.

Illinois Federation of Teachers
The Illinois Federation of Teachers- 85,000 men and women who are teachers and paraprofessionals in school districts throughout Illinois, faculty and staff at Illinois' community colleges and universities, public employees under every statewide elected constitutional officer, and retirees.

Illinois Nurses Association
The Illinois Nurses Association is the pre-eminent voice for nurses in the state if Illinois. Its goals are to improve health standards and influence the delivery of quality health care services for all people; foster high standards for nursing; and stimulate and promote the professional development of nurses and advance their economic and general welfare.

IUOE Local 143
Representing Chicago Public School Operating Engineers.

Iron Workers Local 1

Iron Workers Local 63
Architectural and Ornamental Iron Workers trained in the setting of miscellaneous steel, stairs, doors, raw glass, glass rail, pre-glazed windows and all areas of curtain wall.

IUOE Local 150
This is an "unofficial" website of IUOE Local 150 which represents building and construction operating engineers with over 20,000 members in 3 states.

IUOE 399
Local 399 represents over 9,000 stationary operating engineers.

Laborers Local 2
This is the official website of Sewer & Tunnel Miners Laborers Local 2.

Laborers Local 1001

NABET Local 41
NABET-CWA, Local 41 is a local union of the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians, a sector of the Communications Workers of America. Local 41 members include Technical Employees, Producers, Writers and Couriers employed by ABC, NBC, FOX, TELEMUNDO, UNIVISION, as well as production and crewing companies throughout the Midwest and Texas.

North Suburban Teachers Union Local 1274

Painters District Council #14

PASS Local 106
PASS is the exclusive representative for more than 11,000 FAA employees of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Department of Defense (DoD).

Pipefitters Local 597

Roofers Local 11

SEIU Local 1
SEIU Local 1 represents over 36,000 members in three divisions: Building Service (janitorial), Allied and Industrial Division, and Sports and Entertainment Division.

SEIU Local 7
SEIU Local 7 (firemen and oilers) represents public service workers in Illinois.

SEIU Local 73
SEIU Local 73 represents Public Service Workers throughout Illinois.

SEIU Local 20
SEIU Local 20 represents health care and social service workers in Illinois and Northwest Indiana.

SEIU Illinois State Council
SEIU Illinois State Council represents more than 85,000 workers in Illinois, Indiana, & Missouri.

Sheet Metal Workers Local 73

Sprinkler Fitters Local 281
Sprinkler Fitters Local 281 members are pipefitting specialists in fire protection who install, repair and maintain all types of fire extinguishing systems.

Teamsters Joint Council 25
Teamsters Joint Council 25 is the governing body representing 21 Teamster local unions in the greater Chicagoland area.

Teamsters Local 705
Teamsters Local 705 represents over 21,000 members in the Chicagoland area with thousands of members who work for UPS, Yellow Freight, ABF, Roadway, Airborne, Pickens-Kane Movers, Emery World Wide, Kmart Warehouse and more.

Teamsters Local 710

Teamsters Local 714

Teamsters Local 726

Teamsters Local 743

UFCW Local 881

UFCW Local 1546
Local 1546 represents 34,000 members employed in a broad range of industries. The majority of its members work in the retail food and meat departments, but they also have large numbers of members employed in packing industry, in health care and nursing home and other occupations.

Union of Needletrades, Industrial & Textile Employees.

UPI Local 4100
The University Professionals of Illinois, Local 4100, IFT, AFT, AFL-CIO, is the recognized leader in academic bargaining for higher education in Illinois, representing seven of the 12 Illinois public universities at the bargaining table.