We celebrate the successful Philadelphia Convention. See you in Chicago in 2024!

By AFSCME Staff ·

AFSCME President Lee Saunders recapped the successes of the 45th AFSCME International Convention on Friday and announced that our union’s 46th International Convention in 2024 will be held in Chicago.

On the last day of our 45th International Convention, held this week in Philadelphia four years after the last face-to-face Convention, Saunders bid farewell to the more than 2,000 attendees with a stirring speech, shared a video highlighting the week’s events, and revealed the decision to hold the next Convention in Chicago.

Saunders closed the proceedings with the message that hard work lies ahead.

“I’m asking you to take everything you’ve learned this week and bring it home with you. I’m asking you to take the energy and inspiration in this room and take it back to your locals. I’m asking you to be louder, to dig deeper, to fight harder,” he said. “I’m asking you to kick the Mean Green Machine into overdrive. I’m asking you to march out of here and recommit to building, growing and strengthening our union.”

The last time our union’s International Convention was held in the Windy City was in 2014. Illinois is home to AFSCME Council 31, which represents more than 90,000 active and retired employees of state, county and city governments, state universities, local school districts and nonprofit agencies.