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Will County labor dispute continues

WILL COUNTY LABOR DISPUTE CONTINUES

After 10 hours of negotiations Monday, no settlement was reached between Will County and striking union employees.

Nick Palmer, chief of staff for County Executive Larry Walsh, said the union seemed unprepared when the labor talks began at 10 a.m. at the Holiday Inn in Joliet.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1028 president Dave Delrose said the union was prepared and the county was not because its insurance consultant wasn’t available to answer the union’s questions.

Cindy Wojdyla Cain

Updated: December 27, 2013 6:35AM



After 10 hours of negotiations Monday, no settlement was reached between Will County and striking union employees.

Nick Palmer, chief of staff for County Executive Larry Walsh, said the union seemed unprepared when the labor talks began at 10 a.m. at the Holiday Inn in Joliet.

“We’re really disappointed,” Palmer said. “After all the speeches and the tears and everything else the other day (at the county board meeting) we thought they were serious about getting a resolution to the contract.”

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1028 president Dave Delrose said the union was prepared and the county was not because its insurance consultant wasn’t available to answer the union’s questions. But Palmer said the union could’ve sought that information last week.

Delrose said the union made a new proposal Monday, and he thought “significant progress” was made on Monday. He said he hopes to resume negotiations on Wednesday.

Monday’s session was the first since talks broke down at 1 a.m. Nov. 15 and Local 1028, the county’s biggest union, struck Nov. 18.

Palmer said the union wants more details on the county’s insurance proposal, which would switch workers from paying a percentage of salary for health insurance to a percentage of premiums. He said if that data can’t be pulled together by Wednesday, no negotiations will be held until next week because county offices are closed on Thanksgiving and Friday.

Cindy Wojdyla Cain



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