On Tuesday, Sept. 3, the Teamsters Local 700 members who work at the Grundy County Sheriff’s Department as sergeants, deputies and correctional officers successfully ratified their contracts to reflect four-year terms for all members affected.
There are eight sergeants within the department and their contract expired Dec. 1, 2018. The new agreement, which will expire on Nov. 30, 2023, was ratified 8-0 and will be retroactive to Dec. 1, 2018, effective upon the County’s final approval. There are 32 members between the deputies and the correctional officers that share an agreement that will expire on Nov. 30, 2019. Their new contract, which also expires on Nov. 30, 2023, was ratified 15-4.
Members of both bargaining units will have to endure higher health care contributions; however, the union was able to offset those costs by negotiating substantial pay increases. At end of each contract term, the highest paid sergeant will be making $105,688; the highest paid deputy will be making $95,769; and the highest paid correctional officer will be making $80,832.
One of the most unique and favorable non-economic benefits that the union negotiated with the Sheriff was a sick time “sharing pool.” Members can donate two sick days per year that go into the pool to cover for each other and get the most out of unused sick time. If someone has a catastrophic event or illness, they can draw extra days from the pool and not have to worry about docked pay.
“We finally have a Sheriff in Grundy County that is supportive of his own staff,” said Teamsters Local 700 President Michael G. Melone. “The relationship that the union has built with the Sheriff will continue to benefit the citizens of Grundy County and our members, who are well-deserving of these strong Teamster contracts. Local 700 Stewards Vic Elias and Rick Onsen were instrumental in the negotiation process on behalf of their brothers and sisters and we thank them for their service.”