A new four-year collective bargaining agreement has been reached between state-employed Teamsters and the Rauner administration, the governor's office announced Monday.
"The state previously announced an agreement with Teamsters Local 700, which covered 300 state workers in Cook County," the administration said in a news release. "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."
The workers' current labor contract expired on June 30.
While health care benefits for the workers and their dependents will stay the same, the new deal includes a four-year wage freeze.
The Rauner administration provided this overview of the new contract terms:
- 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.
Teamsters Local 700 Cook County highway maintainers and and master sergeants have already ratified the agreement, according to the governor's office.
Tentative agreements have been signed by Teamsters Local 330, Teamsters Local 916, and Teamsters Downstate Illinois State Employee Negotiating Committee. Members of those Teamster bargaining units are expected to hold ratification votes in the next few weeks, the administration said.
"This agreement is good for taxpayers and good for state employees," Rauner said in a statement. "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."
Meanwhile, the Rauner administration and AFSCME are still in negotiations over a new labor contract to replace the one that expired on June 30. The Illinois House could try to override Rauner's veto of an AFSCME-backed labor bill on Wednesday that would ban a state worker strike or lockout by the administration if negotiations break down over a new labor contract. If contract talks stall, the measure would require binding arbitration to resolve the issue.
The Senate has already voted to reverse Rauner's veto of the measure, SB 1229.