Following a strike
that lasted more than two weeks, Will County employees are expected to
resume work Thursday now that a tentative agreement involving the workers' contracts has been reached by AFSCME Local 1028 and the county.
The tentative deal was made early Wednesday, and more details about the agreement are expected to be released after Thursday's ratification vote, union officials said.
Some 1,000 Will County workers represented by AFSCME Local 2018 took to the picket lines November 18. Contract negotiations have been going on with the county for more than a year.
The sticking points during the negotiation process surrounded health care benefits and a wage increase.
1,200 workers represented by AFSCME Local 2018 work throughout Will
County government in the county 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, executive
and state's attorney.
More than 50 percent of Will County's employees reportedly participated in the strike, which workers voted to authorize in October.