Local 330 16th Judicial Circuit Court Members Overwhelmingly Ratify New Contract
Local 330 Makes Big Gains for Illinois Public Employees
Higher Wages, Family Benefits Highlight Circuit Court Contract
Public employees with Illinois’ 16th Judicial Circuit Court have secured substantial economic benefits for the next three years thanks to a powerful new contract negotiated by Teamsters Local 330.
Nearly 130 probation officers and youth home counselors overwhelmingly ratified the agreement on October 25, 2011, guaranteeing a near three percent annual wage increase for the length of the contract. In addition to improved vacation benefits, the court’s youth home counselors working the late shift in Kane County will see even higher bumps to their hourly wages.
“Our members know the importance of a strong contract during these challenging economic times, and they fought for a good one,” said Dominic Romanazzi, Local 330 President. “The Teamsters secured extraordinary economic gains for these hardworking members and their families during the worst recession of our lifetime.”
Rank-and-file members joined Local 330 representatives to negotiate the gains since the previous contract’s expiration on November 30, 2010. Improvements have been made for workers scheduling paid time-off and carrying over unused vacation time from year-to-year. The negotiating committee also successfully bargained for equality with bereavement pay, including new benefits for step–parents and domestic partners in the new contract.
“The benefits of a Teamster contract don’t begin and end with the paycheck,” said Romanazzi. “We fight for the kind of compensation that can change people’s lives. Our members should be very proud for taking this step forward for themselves and their families.”
Teamsters Local 330, an affiliate of Teamsters Joint Council 25, represents thousands of workers in the public and private sectors throughout northern Illinois and the Chicago metropolitan area.
Teamsters Joint Council 25 represents more than 100,000 hardworking men and women throughout Illinois and Indiana.