Will County employees are set to strike Monday after AFSCME Local 1028 and the county have been unable to reach an agreement over the workers' contracts.
"Larry Walsh and the county board leave us no choice but to strike for fair pay and health care we can afford," said AFSCME Local 1028 President Dave Delrose. "We ask the support of all Will County residents who rely on the services we provide: Let the politicians know you support county workers.
The two major hurdles in the negotiating process between the union and Will County surround health care benefits and a wage increase. Will County employees have been working without a cost-of-living increase for four years, and now want a contract with better compensation. Meanwhile, the county is looking to increase the cost of health insurance benefits for the public employees, which the union argues are too expensive for the workers.
"County workers went above and beyond at the bargaining table, just like we do in serving our community every day," AFSCME Local 1028 president Dave Delrose said.
"For the past three weeks, management has refused to meet us halfway, demanding employees pay unaffordable costs for health insurance that would more than negate their paltry offer on pay," Delrose added. "Management knew its demands would force a strike but still they refused to compromise."
The workers voted to authorize a strike last month.