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City of Chicago and AFSCME announce tentative five-year contract

Updated: June 19, 2014 8:26PM

The City of Chicago and a union representing more than 3,400 city workers struck a deal tentative five-year contract, both sides announced Thursday.

Although neither side released details, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31 executive director Henry Bayer said the deal is one that “recognizes the essential role of AFSCME members in providing city services and ensures them fair pay, affordable health care, stable employment and voice on the job.”

Union leaders, however, would not say if the deal includes retroactive pay, which had been a sticking point in the talks.

The deal does not involve pension issues that still need to be resolved, and still must be ratified by union members and approved by the City Council.

Employees covered by the contract work in libraries, police precincts, health clinics and other city departments.

The deal was reached after more than two years of negotiations, the terms of the agreement are retroactive to July 1, 2012 and extend to June 30, 2017.

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