Sanitary district workers near new contract
BY CASEY TONER email@example.com May 10, 2013 8:34PM
Updated: June 13, 2013 6:27PM
The Thorn Creek Basin Sanitary District Board is set to approve the first new contract in two years for the district’s 13 union workers.
The three-year contract contains an 11.5 percent pay raise over its term and requires the workers to pay 20 percent of their health care insurance premium. Previously, they did not pay anything toward their premium.
No back pay is included in the new contract, which the district board is scheduled to vote on at its Friday meeting.
Half the sewage treatment plant’s 26 workers are members of Teamsters Local 705.
They went on strike March 11 and returned to work April 26 after agreeing to the new contract.
Neil Messino, Local 705 contract administrator, said the union felt the pay increases offset the higher insurance costs.
“We did what we had to do to get what we needed,” Messino said.
The Thorn Creek Basin district serves more than 100,000 residents of Homewood, Chicago Heights, Park Forest, South Chicago Heights, Steger and Crete from its plant, 700 West End Ave., Chicago Heights.
The district’s executive director, Jennifer Hindel, said she was glad to see the employees back at work.
“We all are getting along just fine now, and there’s no long-term impact of the strike having occurred here,” she said.