By Anna Lothson
It's official — Oak Park village employees will strike Saturday and Monday.
Following another meeting held Thursday that ended without compromise between the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 73 and the Village of Oak Park management, around 75 village employees will be walking out on the job Saturday morning and all day Monday.
Adam Rosen, communications director for the union, said a meeting was held at noon Thursday and the village did not agree to any of the final requests from the union regarding changes in overtime pay and merit-based pay increases.
Because the village will be open Saturday from 8:30-11:30 a.m. for the sale of vehicle stickers, parking passes and permit sales, Interim Village Manager Cara Pavlicek said the village will be tapping into other employees to handle the Saturday and Monday workflow to maintain services to residents.
The group the union represents includes all non-management staff at the Oak Park Village Hall, parking enforcement officers, public works and forestry division employees, as well as several other departments.