WSTU, Local 571: Who We Are

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Organized in 1938, Local 571 currently is a 6000+ member union of teachers, and paraprofessional and school-related personnel (PSRPs) employed in school districts in western Cook and DuPage Counties and retirees.

Local 571 exists to serve the interests of its members as determined by democratic processes at the council, local, state, and national levels. For the most part, those interests have to do with:

  • Establishing job security and fairness, usually through collective bargaining and legislation
  • Empowering members to act to uphold high standards for their professions and their schools
  • Disseminating information on professional issues and providing programs of leadership training and professional development
  • Acting in coalition with other organizations to address issues affecting all working Americans

Local 571 is affiliated with the Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT), the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), and the AFL-CIO. It also participates in the North Central Illinois Labor Council and Chicago Federation of Labor.

STRUCTURE

The governance and policy of Local 571 is set by:

  • The Executive Board, consisting of elected officers and trustees from each of the councils
  • The House of Representatives, consisting of elected representatives from each council on a proportionate basis
  •  The Convention, which delegates from each council attend to vote on changes to the Local's Constitution and Bylaws

Employee groups are represented in councils. Each council has its own Executive Board and officers. Councils are encouraged to hold regular executive board and general membership meetings.

DUES

Dues paid to Local 571 include membership in the IFT, AFT, the AFL-CIO, and its affiliates. Approximately 20% of the dues stays at the Local level, permitting local autonomy. State staff, attorneys, defense funds, and other services and benefits are also made possible through your local dues. Local 571 provides all of these services to you while maintaining one of the lowest dues structure of any major educational organization in the state.

NEGOTIATIONS

Local 571, through its professional staff, works directly with councils in formulating contract demands and negotiating the package. Contract demands reflect the interests of the members in each council. Local 571 encourages the formation of bargaining teams with representatives from each school and job category.

Since 1940, when a Local 571 council negotiated one of the first teachers' contracts in the nation, its councils have been pioneers in securing contract benefits, including:

  • Family/dependent insurance coverage
  • Dental insurance
  • Employer-paid employee pension
  • Sick leave pools
  • Seniority and job protection clauses
  • Retirement pay, early retirement programs

LEGAL ASSISTANCE

IFT attorneys are available at no additional cost to the member or council in work-related cases involving civil, professional, or constitutional rights. Legal cases are approved and handled through the Local's Legal Defense Committee, Executive Board, and House of Representatives.   Local 571 is not required to obtain approval from the state office.

SERVICES AND BENEFITS

Local 571 and IFT staff are available to assist with any job-related needs of the council or individual employees.

Local 571 and the IFT conduct workshops and training programs on a variety of union leadership and professional issues. Resources in the form of printed materials, website links, and PowerPoint presentations are also available.

POLITICAL ACTION

Our Political Action Committee reviews incumbents' voting records and surveys new candidates to determine which it can support and recommend to our members.

Local 571 informs its members of pending legislation and coordinates lobbying campaigns to ensure that our voice is heard on collective bargaining, pension, school funding, and other education issues.

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AFFILIATED COUNCILS

Argo High School PSRP

Argo High School Teachers

Argo-Summit Teachers

Bloomingdale Teachers

Cicero PSRP-Secretaries-Teachers

DuPage District 88 High School Clerical

 and Technical Staff

DuPage District 88 High School PSRP

DuPage District 88 High School Teachers

Elmhurst Unit District PSRP

Elmhurst Unit District Teachers

Elmwood Park Unit District PSRP

Franklin Park Custodians

Franklin Park Teachers

Indian Springs Custodians

Indian Springs PSRP

Indian Springs Teachers

Leyden High School PSRP-Teachers

Lyons Teachers

Morton High School Clerical- Teachers

PAEC Program Assistants-Teachers

Proviso High School PSRP

Proviso High School Teachers

Retirees

Riverside PSRP-Teachers

Rosemont Teachers