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17

Nov

2013

Will County union workers expected to hit picket lines

Author: Editor

Members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1028 are expected to go on strike as of 7 a.m. Monday.

As many as 1,000 workers in a wide variety of Will County offices are eligible to walk off the job. The workers are going on strike after 15 months of negotiations failed to produce new contracts for the workers.

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14

Nov

2013

Walsh defends role in Will Co. contract talks

Author: Editor

Will County Executive Larry Walsh responded Thursday to union criticism of his role during ongoing contract negotiations that have brought county workers to the brink of a strike.

Walsh, an Elwood Democrat who has been county executive since 2004, said he always has supported union workers during his political career, which includes seven years as a state senator and two terms on the county board.

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13

Nov

2013

Will workers walk out in Will County?

Author: Editor

Government workers in Will County may go on strike soon. If they do, they'll spurn a contract offer that would be the envy of many people in the private sector.

County officials have been negotiating for 15 months on a new contract for 1,200 workers represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. AFSCME members voted last month to authorize a strike. Both sides are set to meet Wednesday and Thursday for a final round of talks.

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6

Nov

2013

Meeting ends with no deal for Will County and union employees

Author: Editor

A meeting called by a federal mediator to bring Will County officials and union leaders back to the bargaining table ended late Tuesday with no deal and no plans for a future meeting.

Union leaders last week gave notice they plan to terminate their contract with the county on Nov. 13, which clears the way for employees to strike if a new deal can't be reached. Employees recently voted 90 percent in favor of a strike—though the union has not yet provided the county with required five-day notice of a strike.

Both sides expressed disappointment that Tuesday's meeting did not end with better results.

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6

Nov

2013

Moustis questions county exec’s budget -

Author: Editor

Will County Board member Jim Moustis, who serves as Republican caucus chairman, said Tuesday that he cannot support the county’s proposed 2014 budget if it includes more money for salaries in the county executive’s office.

Nick Palmer, chief of staff for County Executive Larry Walsh, said the increase is needed to replace a deputy chief of staff position that never was filled after Chief of Staff Matt Ryan died in September 2010.

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