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Union’s Vote to Accept Vermilion County’s Offer

  • by: WHPO Editor
  • on: November 13, 2013
  • city: Union's Vote to Accept Vermilion County's Offer

The Commercial-News  
DANVILLE — Members of the judicial and non-judicial unions voted Tuesday night to approve the latest contract proposal from Vermilion County.
County officials received word Tuesday night the union had voted to approve the proposal. The agreement, which was reached just more than a week ago, still must go before the full county board for approval.

The union, in a close vote, voted down the county’s first proposed contracted agreement in mid-September after negotiations that had gone on since the beginning of the year. The union is represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 21.
Assistant State’s Attorney Bill Donahue told members of the county board’s finance committee the agreement reached with union representatives required “a little tweaking” compared to the first proposal but didn’t necessitate the county putting more cash dollars on the table.
Terms of the agreement have not been released pending final approval by the county. Gary Weinard, county board chairman, said last week the union agreement would probably be brought before the full county board at a special meeting later this month so it can be approved prior to the end of the current fiscal year.
Personal days and longevity were the sticking points with the first contract proposal.
The agreement rejected in September called for a pay increase for employees through the elimination of the longevity program — a lump sum payment that workers received at the end of the calendar year. Based on their years worked, employees would have received anywhere from $120 to $1,320 added to their base salary.
Personal days also were to be cut down from 14 days to six days during the course of the four-year contract to go along with two weeks’ vacation and 12 paid holidays as set each year by the Illinois Supreme Court.
County officials indicated the intent was to raise low-end salaries to a floor of $20,000, eliminating the loss of trained workers to higher-paying jobs.
Courthouse workers were the last union of county employees to go on strike when they hit the picket lines in the summer of 2004. The strike lasted for a little more than two weeks before workers returned to their jobs.