The Rauner administration said Monday it has reached tentative or final agreements on new labor contracts with five groups of Teamsters units representing about 4,600 workers statewide.
The announcement comes as the Illinois House prepares to return to Springfield on Wednesday and possibly vote on overriding Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of Senate Bill 1229. The bill, pushed by Council 31 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, would place contract talks in the hands of an independent arbitrator in the event an agreement cannot be reached at the bargaining table.
The Rauner administration has previously used settlements with Teamsters locals as evidence that it bargains in good faith and can reach contract settlements with unions representing public employees.
In a statement, the administration said it has reached final or tentative agreements with all Teamsters units with which it negotiates labor contracts.
* From the governor’s office…
The terms of the agreement include:
· Maintenance of the current level of health care benefits for employees and their dependents as part of the State’s continued contributions to the independent Teamsters Local 727 Health & Welfare Fund.
· A four-year wage freeze, continuing the 75% in-hire rate.
· Continuation of a 40-hour work week.
· A new performance incentive program to reward employees with bonuses for cost-saving measures and meeting or exceeding performance metrics.
· A collaborative program that allows management and the Teamsters to work together to provide low-cost alternatives to outsourcing.
· A reduction in the payout for accumulated unused vacation from 75 to 45 days for employees hired after January 1, 2016.
Status with various Teamster bargaining units:
· Teamsters Local 700 (Cook County highway maintainers): 300 members; agreement ratified by members.
· Teamsters Local 700 (Master Sergeants): 200 members; agreement ratified by members.
· Teamsters Local 330 (suburban group): 300 members; tentative agreement signed; members will hold ratification vote in the next few weeks.
· Teamsters Local 916 (Protech): 1100 members; tentative agreement signed; members will hold ratification vote in the next few weeks.
· Teamsters Downstate Illinois State Employee Negotiating Committee: 2700 members; tentative agreement signed; members will hold ratification vote in the next few weeks.
* And the react from John T. Coli, the Teamsters Union’s International Vice President for the Central Region…
“Members of the Rauner Administration proved to be tough, but reasonable and honest negotiators. They compromised and gave concessions to us in order to reach an agreement that was fair to the state as well as the Teamsters. Our negotiations prove that when both sides come to the table and leave political agendas at the door, the citizens of Illinois benefit.