In 1886, the organziation that would become the American Federation of Labor (AFL), set out to help workers across the United States to gain better working conditions.

1968. Memphis, Tennessee. The heart of the racially segregated South. Black sanitation workers faced poverty wages and degrading, dangerous conditions on the job.

March 8, 2023 is international women's day! We want to thank all the women who make AFSCME Council 81 Happen.

In solidarity with Delaware CBTU Chapter, the Delaware AFL-CIO, UFCW Local 27, and LiUNA Local 199; AFSCME Council 81 is participating in a COVID-19 Test Kit distribution event. This event is a drive-thru event and will take place on Saturday, February 5, from 9am-12p or until all test kits have been given out. Please see the flyer below for more information. 

Wilmington, DE-- On Thursday, September 9, AFSCME Council 81, elected their leadership. After postponing their bienniel convention due to COVID, Locals from across Delaware gathered at Banning Park in Wilmington, Del. to elect the leadership of AFSCME Council 81. In keeping with both CDC guidelines and Governor Carney and Delaware Public Health guidlines, the convention was held outside on Thursday and Friday September 9 and 10. 

The following people were elected to a three-year term, to expire in the fall of 2024: 

Sisters and Brothers: 

AFSCME Council 81 has stood with our front line workers every day during this global pandemic. That is why we have encouraged our members to get vaccinated as soon as they were eligible. We have worked with employers to provide vaccines to front line workers onsite and worked to ensure that employers protected workers throughout one of the toughest years to date. 

On April 16, 2021, New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer recognized the men and women of Local 3911 who work as 9-1-1 operators as first responders. This was in large part to Local 3911 President Saul Polish advocating for his members and the incredible work they do on a daily basis. 

This designation, as a first responder, is important and a designation that Local 3911 has been fighting for at both the local and national level for several years. On behalf of Local 3911, Council 81 would like to thank County Executive Matt Meyer for this recognition. 

The following letter was sent to several Delaware news outlets on Friday, Februrary 19, 2021.