AFSCME-represented workers at the Springfield Housing Authority (SHA) in Illinois are making their voices heard in their fight for better wages and a fair contract.
The sidewalks in front of the SHA facility were packed with dozens of protesters – AFSCME Local 3982 (Council 31) members and allies – in late July. Dedicated staff members are pushing for a new contract with better pay and improvements in their health care. Seven months into their fight for a new contract, they’re making headway.
SHA claims to be “changing lives one key at a time,” but it doesn’t do a good job of taking care of its own employees. SHA staff members work with low-income families to provide affordable housing. Sadly, many SHA staff qualify for the very same low-income housing programs they help provide.