On May 11, 2021, City employees from across Norfolk came together to demand fair wages, a real voice on the job, and a union.

On Wednesday, March 10, Alexandria City Council and Mayor Wilson announced that they will reexamine substantial parts of the proposed collective bargaining ordinance with greater input from public employees. AFSCME Virginia, and IAFF Local 2141 representing hundreds of Alexandria City workers are committed to working with Council to collaborate on an ordinance that has full scope bargaining.

On Saturday, April 17th, Alexandria City Council unanimously passed the first collective bargaining ordinance in the Commonwealth of Virginia in over 40 years. The ordinance gives city employees the right to bargain most workplace-related issues. The ordinance also includes bargaining units that respect the diverse job titles and classifications of city employees across the city. The ordinance is a solid foundation for collective bargaining in Alexandria.