Will County and union negotiators have finally reached a tentative agreement Wednesday after a 16-day strike and 12 hours of negotiation. The tentative agreement was reached at 2:30 a.m.
Union members will vote on the tentative pact on Thursday and the county board will take it into consideration on Dec. 19.
While neither side in the labor dispute got everything it desired, “it’s time to get county services running again,” Will County Board Speaker Herb Brooks Jr., D-Joliet, said.
The majority of county offices remained open during the strike, but services were decreased in some areas, specifically court functions, according to Circuit Court Chief Judge Richard Schoenstedt. He added that employees who were not on strike worked diligently to keep the courthouse open.
“Whatever got us to this point, I’m just glad that it’s over,” Schoenstedt said.
County board member Jim Moustis agreed that the settlement is good news for the county
“Unfortunately, it took longer than we like and it resulted in a work stoppage,” Moustis said. “I’m glad our employees are back to work for the public’s sake and for the workers’ families.”