Tentative pact with striking county workers
By Cindy Wojdyla Cain Sun-Times Media December 4, 2013 8:14AM
Striking legal secretaries Jennifer Homberg, kneeling, and back row from left Karen LaBolle, Marie Quarcini, Pam Haynes and Krissy Kappel picket Tuesday, as labor talks resume between Will County and union negotiators. | Cindy Cain~Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 6, 2014 12:48PM
Will County and union negotiators reached a tentative contract settlement early Wednesday after 16 months of negotiations and a 16-day strike by workers.
Members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1028 will return to work starting with the first shift on Thursday, according to a joint press release issued early Wednesday morning.
No details of the tentative deal will be released until after the ratification vote, which is scheduled for Thursday, according to the release.
The strike began Nov. 18 after the two sides failed to agree on cost-of-living raises and health insurance payments for about 1,000 workers. About 1,200 workers are in the union and 1,000 were eligible to strike. County officials said about 700 walked off the job and 300 crossed picket lines.
AFSCME represents workers in the court system, health department, highway department, Sunny Hill Nursing Home, county jail, and in the offices of the sheriff, coroner, recorder, assessor, clerk, chief judge, circuit clerk, executive and state’s attorney.