Union group, Oak Park set date for another mediation meeting

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By Anna Lothson

Staff Reporter

Representatives from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 73 and the Village of Oak Park officials met again with a federal mediator July 17.

Union representatives and 27 village employees walked out on the job July 7 and 9 after several discussions were held between the groups without compromise on new contract terms. The employees the union represents include many non-management staff at the Oak Park Village Hall, parking enforcement officers, public works and forestry division employees, as well as several other departments.

The items left on the table relate to changes in overtime pay and merit-based pay increases. The union is asking for a two-percent merit-based pay increase. The group also wants to be able to file grievances if an employee feels he or she was not fairly awarded a merit-based pay increase.

The other unresolved issue, according to the union, is that employees will lose overtime pay if sick, holiday or vacation days are used in the same week.

The village has offered a 1.5 percent merit pay, in addition a 1-percent increase across the board. David Powers, village communications director, said the village has allowed members to grieve denial of merit. Union representatives have suggested the policy isn't fair.

As for the sick day provision, Powers said the village has offered to limit the provision to sick days and not holiday or vacation days.

Union officials have said another strike isn't out of the question if compromise isn't reached, but said they hope that won't be the case.

Email: anna@oakpark.com Twitter: @AnnaLothson

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Posted: July 17th, 2012 1:17 PM

For the overtime after sick day, just tell them, forget about it. Same to the grievance request for merit pay. Nobody in the private sector gets to file a grievance when they don't get the raise they want. Unions create this grievance culture, where the employer is the adversary.

Leslie Welsher from Chicago  

Posted: July 16th, 2012 4:48 PM

It is shameful that the Village wants merit pay increases. When was the last time they sent any manager/supervisor for management training? N E V E R. And these are the people who will determine an employees raise? How sad is that? Employees, stick to your guns! Don't be fooled.

T.J. from Oak Park  

Posted: July 14th, 2012 10:17 AM

Sometimes to only thing people understand is the word NO! Give these union people nothing.

Violet Aura  

Posted: July 13th, 2012 10:16 PM

What kind of mediation? Transcendental mediation;)?

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