County Workers Back

After walking out on their jobs and taking to the picket lines, Will County employees are ready to go back to work.

The county and AFSCME Local 1028 have signed a tentative agreement as workers returned to their jobs.

The agreement comes after 16-day strike and over a year of negotiations.

The county compromised to increase health care contributions over three years from 8 percent to 10 percent aggregate rather than 10 percent for all three years.

Employee contributions will remain banded so lower income workers pay less.

Throughout the four-year contract union employees will see step increases of 2.5 percent.

The county board will vote to approve the contracts at their December 19 meeting.

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