Union Deal Reached In Pekin

The threat of a strike in Pekin may be no more. 

The Pekin City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved four separate proposed contracts with city employees under the Teamsters, Chauffeurs, and Helpers Local 627 umbrella. The agreements involved workers at the wastewater treatment plant and those in the solid waste, street, and bus, mechanics, inspections, and clerical departments. 

The contracts include wage increases of 2.25 percent in the first year, followed by three percent increases in following two years. Union members also get Martin Luther King, Jr. Day off, bringing their total number of paid holidays to 10. An increase in health insurance costs to employees is also included. 

A holdup in the overall deal led to the threat of a strike for the city employees involved, including school bus drivers. The strike, which was set to begin last Wednesday, was postponed after a tentative agreement was reached last Tuesday. 

Union membership must still ratify the contracts.

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