The Pekin City Council is set to weigh-in on a proposed agreement that, so far, has kept local school buses running.
During an executive session at Tuesday night's meeting, the Council will debate four separate proposed contracts with Teamsters, Chauffeurs, and Helpers Local 627 involving employees of the wastewater treatment plant and of the solid waste, street, bus, mechanics, inspections, and clerical departments. The tentative overall deal was reached last Tuesday, effectively postponing a school bus driver strike that was set to begin the next day if an agreement had not been made.
Once the Council is done discussing the issue behind closed doors, it will vote on each contract separately in front of the public. If the Council decides to move forward with the deals, they would still have to be approved by union membership before becoming official.
Details of the agreements have not been released. A union representative declined to say whether or not a strike would ensue if the Council decided to not approve the contracts, saying he would only comment on the issue after a vote has been taken.