Grateful to have all county employees back on the job, the Will County Board on Thursday approved a four-year contract with its union workers, with the only “no” vote cast by board member David Izzo.
The employees will receive a 4.5 percent cost-of-living raise phased in over the next two years and pay more of their health insurance premiums. The union members overwhelmingly approved the contract this month, ending a 16-day strike
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Will County negotiators are heading back to the table for further contract talks with striking employees on Monday, an official said.
Nick Palmer, chief of staff for Will County executive Larry Walsh, said the two sides are scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. Monday at the Holiday Inn in Joliet.
Will County’s union government employees went out on strike last Monday, after 15 months of bargaining failed to produce a contract for about 1,000 members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1028.
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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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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.
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.