On Tuesday, Feb. 7, representatives from Teamsters Local 700 held an informational picket at the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office due to the Sheriff’s decision to not provide health insurance for the Grundy County Sergeants while the parties are trying to negotiate a new contract. Local 700 filed an unfair labor practice with the Illinois Labor Relations Board on Feb. 1, 2017 against the Grundy County Sheriff and Grundy County regarding this matter.
The current contract covering the sergeants expired on Nov. 30, 2015. The union gave notice to the Employer of its demand to bargain a new agreement on behalf of the sergeants on Sept. 3, 2015.
Since that time, the union has offered five contract proposals to the employer, all of which have been rejected. Over the past year, the union requested multiple bargaining sessions that went ignored.
The union was forced into mediation due to the lack of a response to bargain from the Sheriff’s Office, and sessions are scheduled to begin on Feb. 15.
“The Sheriff has been holding up negotiations for over a year and the fact that he doesn’t even want to support his own people is deplorable,” said Becky Strzechowski, Teamsters Local 700 President. “These are law enforcement officers that face dangerous situations every day and put their lives on the line to keep the citizens of Grundy County safe. The Sheriff needs to stop engaging in bad faith bargaining and give the Grundy County sergeants the respect they deserve.”
Union representatives will be picketing in front of the Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, Feb. 7 starting in the early morning hours.
“We want to send a clear message to this Sheriff that we will not back down when it comes to negotiating a fair contract for our hardworking members,” Strzechowski said.
Local 700 would like to thank all of the Teamsters from other locals, the Joint Council 25 and the IBT who stopped by the picket to support us and the Grundy County Sergeants. Also, thank you to the local residents who stopped by with coffee, donuts and sandwiches and thanked us for standing up for their local law enforcement.