Teamsters Settling with Rauner

A press release from Governor Bruce Rauner:

State-Teamsters One Step Closer to Finalizing Agreement

Units Representing 4600 State Employees Sign On

SPRINGFIELD – All eligible units of the Teamsters union have signed onto a new four-year collective bargaining agreement with the state of Illinois. The current agreement expired June 30, 2015.

Two IDOT snow plows tried to make a difference on Route 62 in Algonquin.

Two IDOT snow plows tried to make a difference on Route 62 in Algonquin in a previous storm.

The state previously announced an agreement with Teamsters Local 700, which covered 300 state workers in Cook County. Today’s announcement covers Teamsters throughout the state and increases the number of covered employees to 4,600. Members of the Teamsters will vote to ratify the agreement within the next few weeks.

“This agreement is good for taxpayers and good for state employees,” Governor Bruce Rauner said.  “We were able to reach an agreement with the Teamsters quickly because all parties negotiated in good faith, something we are committed to doing with all unions representing state employees.”

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.

Comments

Teamsters Settling with Rauner — 2 Comments

  1. If the union members get to view and vote on the contract, the taxpayers should also get to view and vote on the contract; the state law should be changed to allow for that.

    With their pension and healthcare benefits and in most cases very good wages the members would be crazy not to ratify the agreement.

    Different bargaining units are in different pension plans.

    Cook County has a pension plan (Cook County Pension Fund).

    State has a pension plan (SERS).

    Local 330 is out of Elgin.

  2. Note: “A collaborative program that allows management and the Teamsters to work together to provide low-cost alternatives to outsourcing.”

    Are the union members actually seeing the writing on the wall that they are pricing themselves out of a job?

    However, on the other side of the coin. Mr. Hope and Change has successfully stacked the NLRB to get a ruling that third party employees may have the right to bargain with the customers of the third party.

    http://nrn.com/government/broader-joint-employer-standard-upheld-nlrb

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